Research ethics should be taught as part of the NSW Higher School Certificate curriculum

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    The Higher School Certificate is a certificate that recognizes the successful completion of secondary education in New South Wales, Australia. The most recent enrolment information available suggests that at least 13,472 students undertaking the NSW Higher School Certificate in 2019 conducted research projects that involved human participants. During the course of their high school education current HSC students are taught research design principles and statistics so that they are equipped to plan a research project and determine the meaning of the outcome, however the students are not systematically taught the application of research ethics during their high school years. This article contends that the NSW HSC curriculum be expanded to include instruction in, and application of the fundamentals of research ethics to these high school projects to ensure that all participants involved in these projects are accorded respect and protection as intended by the Australian National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages7
    JournalResearch Ethics
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 May 2020


    • Research ethics
    • curriculum
    • ethics
    • ethics education
    • teacher education HSC

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