Scientific Research



Text:

  1. Chapter 1, 1-9 pgs.  –  from Scientific Integrity: Text and Cases in Responsible Conduct of Research by Macrina, Francis L.
  2. Page 1-3& 48-49 – On being a scientist, 3rd edition.

As a seasoned science teacher, you instruct your students on facts and protocols for experimentation in the classroom. You know that scientific research is far-ranging and depends on the discipline for the scope of the work.  For the sake of this online course, we will try not to delve too deep into specific techniques. We want to make sure that we provide a broad foundation on research process and give examples of ethically grey areas.

There has been a lot of thinking about the research process. Here is some alternative thinking around the traditional scientific method:

Since this is the first week, we want to make sure that you are meeting your lab, learning from the bootcamp, and familiarizing yourself on campus. Therefore we will keep the discussion light this week.

Discussion Questions –

  • For the TedTalk presentation: Is this a problem with the traditional scientific method or with overall scientific communication?
  • What are your expectations for your research experience during this summer?

For our discussion, you will address all of the above questions. Contact either Teraya at tmdonaldson@vcu.edu or Rosalyn at rhobson@vcu.edu tmdonaldson@vcu.edu if you have problems accessing the material.