Introducing ethics – teacher notes

What ethical issues do your students need to think about and how can these be addressed?

The aim of these materials is to get students to think about ethical issues and how they may be addressed, rather than simply providing them with a set of rules and tick-boxes. We therefore start with a general introduction to ethical reasoning before focusing specifically on research ethics.

Activity 1: What is wrong with telling lies?

In this short starter activity, encourage students to concentrate on listing reasons why lying is generally considered wrong. Try to avoid getting into discussions about situations when lying might be considered acceptable (eg ‘white lies’) – the focus should be on ‘serious’ lies that are widely regarded as wrong. The pair/small group discussion of reasons could be broadened into a whole-class discussion, but beware of letting it take more than a few minutes.


About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘Go Further: A practical guide to extended science projects’ in October 2016.

Statistics and maths, Careers, Psychology
Go Further: A practical guide to extended science projects
Education levels:
16–19, Independent research projects, Continuing professional development