How to use fiction movies in education on responsible conduct of research

F Blom, C Grigoleit, B Hoogenes, I Vos

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Objective: Several major violations of research integrity shook up academia and society during the last decade.
Fostering responsible conduct of research (RCR) and preventing research misbehaviour were put high on the
agenda. Teaching students and researchers about rules and norms in research is one thing, but empowering them
to deal with moral dilemmas in research practice is a challenge. We argue that fictional narratives can be very useful
in exploring the tough choices scientists have to make. In this project, we investigated the usefulness and
applicability of a selection of fiction movies for RCR education.
Method: A format for structured description of (fragments of) movies was developed and after pilot testing
consensus on the format was achieved. This format was applied to 31movies. Legal and practical aspects of using
(fragments of) movies for educational purposes and of sharing the teaching materials online (creative commons)
were explored.
Results: Not all movies in our initial selection were deemed useful for RCR education. Of the 31 movies we
considered, 20 movies remained in the final selection. The main RCR topics addressed in these movies are:
conflicts of interest, selective reporting and citation, scientific writing, authorship, research waste and data collection
and study design issues.
Discussion: The structured format, an annotated list of useful fiction movie fragments for RCR education, and
descriptions of the legal aspects and practicalities, will be published on the website of the Netherlands Research
Integrity Network ( Also first experiences with the use of the selected movie fragments in RCR
education will be presented.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017
Event5th World Conference on Research Integrity - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 28 May 201731 May 2017


Conference5th World Conference on Research Integrity

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