Avoiding Mediocrity Through Ethics Education


by Anne Meade, MS, PMP, Senior Manager for Website and Social Media

For its December Question of the Month, our People & Perspectives program wants to know what you think will be the greatest challenge the research ethics field will face in the next 20 years.

Need inspiration? How about considering your own moral identity, and how you apply that identity to your work?

For more on this topic, watch this People & Perspectives interview, in which John Gluck, PhD, professor emeritus of psychology and senior advisor to the president on animal research ethics at the University of New Mexico, talks about ethics education.

Dr. Gluck believes that ethics education is not comprehensive enough. While there are ways to learn about the laws and regulations, focusing on compliance doesn’t always allow you to take a step back and examine your own moral identity. Dr. Gluck argues that ethics education needs to go beyond compliance, and there doesn’t currently seem to be a lot of room for this type of open education. “Absent that,” he says, “I think we’re going to be pretty mediocre.”

Watch the full video.

What do you think will be the greatest challenge faced by the field of research ethics in the next 20 years? Respond to the Question of the Month on the People & Perspectives website, or share a comment below.