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Abstract Title: Examining Physicists' Ethical Reasoning: A Case Study
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Abstract: Researchers across all scientific disciplines routinely face ethical decisions in their work, from addressing conflicts of interest to deciding whether and how to make data available for reproducibility. To help strengthen their ethical reasoning skills, they are encouraged to take online training programs like the CITI program. Ethics training is insufficient for improving ethical behavior. Better understanding of how scientists make decisions and reason about ethics is needed. To develop that understanding, we need expanded, asset-based measures of ethical reasoning that can be applied to open-ended responses and discussions. As part of a year-long intervention on a group of fifteen scientists' value-based reasoning, we conducted pre/post interviews that included open-ended questions about ethical scenarios. For this paper, we explore an application of three theories of ethical and stakeholder reasoning to those answers, and determine that we can use them to examine quality, principles, and subjects of their reasoning in open responses.
Session Time: Poster Session 3
Poster Number: III-43
Contributed Paper Record: Contributed Paper Information
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Tyler Garcia
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66502
and Co-Presenter(s)
Caitlin Solis (She/Her), Kansas State University
Caleb Linville (He/Him), Kansas State University
Bill Bridges (He/Him), Kansas State University
Wyatt Jones (He/Him), Kansas State University
Jonathan Herington (He/Him), University of Rochester
Scott Tanona (He/Him), Kansas State University
James T. Laverty (He/Him), Kansas State University