Discussion Thread: Ethical use of Statistical Results
This is a graded discussion: 90 points possible
due Jan 19
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Refer to Read: Ethics in Statistical Practice and Communication: Five Recommendations in this module’s Learn section before beginning this thread.
Unethical behavior is unacceptable in research, and Christians must strive to be “ethical” and also present information that will not mislead the reader.
As 1 Peter 2:12 says, “…having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation” (NKJV). These words are applicable here. When performing research and statistical analysis, your methods should be above reproach. Anything perceived as unethical will harm your reputation and the reputation of Christianity.
Discuss the following:
• How could you make the ideas mentioned in the article relate to the Christian worldview? Tie the article’s message to at least 1 Scripture in addition to other ideas you may have.
• What can be done to safeguard research and lessen the “pressure to publish” experienced in Academia?
• What safeguards will you implement to prevent yourself from being deceptive in statistical analysis and research?
• Why do ethics matter? Read the ethical principles crucial for study integrity (below) and discuss the impact on academic research.
Why Do Ethics Matter?
Ethical decision making in academic research focuses on providing maximum benefits to the participants. Following ethical principles in research is indeed crucial for maintaining the integrity of the study.
1. Honesty: Ensure honesty in all forms of scientific communication with colleagues, sponsors or the general public.
2. Objectivity: Avoid bias in all aspects of research.
3. Integrity: Maintain consistency of thought and action.
4. Carefulness: Avoid errors or negligence at all times.
5. Openness: Share information about your research and be open to criticism and new ideas.
6. Transparency: Disclose all the necessary information needed to evaluate your research.
7. Accountability: Be responsible for all concerns related to your research.
8. Intellectual Property: Avoid plagiarism, give proper credit to all contribution in your research and honor all forms of intellectual property.
9. Confidentiality: Protect and safeguard all confidential information recorded in your research.
10. Responsible Publication: Publish for the sole reason to advance the knowledge in your field.
11. Responsible Mentoring: Help and mentor other researchers and promote their welfare.
12. Respect for Colleagues: Respect and treat all your colleagues fairly.
13. Social Responsibility: Aim to promote social good through your research.
14. Non-Discrimination: Avoid discrimination in all forms against colleagues.
15. Competence: Improve your own personal competence and also promote the competence of science as a whole.
16. Legality: Obey all relevant laws and policies.
17. Animal Care: Respect and care for all animal species.
18. Human Subjects Protection: Respect human dignity and take special precautions wherever needed.
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