Applying Ethics to Scientific Investigations


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What can happen if scientists do not use proper ethics in investigations?

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1. What did Andrew Wakefield do unethically in his vaccination research?

2. How do scientific investigations ensure that test subjects are treated ethically?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Consider this quiz and worksheet combo to test what you understand about the application of scientific ethics. Answer questions on the potential of scientists not using ethics in their deductions and how that played out for Andrew Wakefield.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz on ethics in science will cover the following:

  • Test subjects
  • A way scientists can ensure they are maintaining procedures that are morally appropriate
  • Accuracy in published data

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on applying scientific ethics
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Andrew Wakefield
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the variety of ways scientists can make sure their work is considered ethical

Additional Learning

Feel free to access the lesson entitled Applying Ethics to Scientific Investigations to explore the following concepts:

  • The anti-vaccination movement and the way in which it started
  • Kinds of test subjects used in scientific experiments and observations
  • A board of review and how it's used to maintain ethical standards