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Scientific ethics

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posted on 2016-04-01, 00:00 authored by Kieran LimKieran Lim
Scientific ethics is and should be part of a science education (Chemistry in Australia, February 2014 issue, page 38). The Australian Curriculum implies ethical practice as early as year 2 when collecting and recording observations, and explicitly discussing ethical considerations from as early as year 3, in which students are expected to learn that science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions, and in particular, considering how materials including solids and liquids affect the environment in different ways, and deciding what characteristics make a material a pollutant. As students progress through various year levels, this becomes more involved, for example at year 7, they learn that solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations. At tertiary level, students are also expected to have an awareness of the ethical requirements that are appropriate for the discipline. Professional organisations, like the RACI, have long had a Code of Ethics (By-Law 13), and more employers are also introducing formal or informal codes: for example, the Victorian government requires that all public sector employees uphold the following values: responsiveness, integrity, impartiality, accountability, respect, leadership, and human rights.

History

Journal

Chemistry in Australia

Volume

2016

Issue

April

Pagination

38 - 38

Publisher

Royal Australian Chemical Institute

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

ISSN

0314-4240

eISSN

1839-2539

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C3 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal

Copyright notice

2016, Royal Australian Chemical Institute

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