FORRT’s principles

Principles

Principled Teaching

We believe it is of utmost importance to communicate the facts of science relative to the process by which it was acquired. Scientific claims should be taken in light of epistemic uncertainty – i.e., the intrinsic incertitude about the validity of truth claims (including scientific), to avoid teaching students a false sense of certainty about ‘the facts’ of science. This idea is enshrined at the core of the open science movement, the credibility revolution, open access, and better measurement practices.

Advantages of principled teaching:

  • it exposes students to a more honest educational process, especially with respect to epistemic uncertainty and its consequences to the facts of science;
  • it bequeaths first-hand practical experience in probing the production of knowledge which in turn trains students to be good consumers of science;
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Principled Mentoring

Central to the academic ethos, the relationship between mentor and mentee is one of scientific genesis, incremental contributions, and personal and professional development. This academic experience is optimized when students feel they can contribute to the supervisor’s research and the product of this contribution is valued. One way to achieve this is to expose students to the intricacies and procedures of science making, including the flaws and merits of any given research approach. Open and reproducible tenets serve an important role in mentorship pedagogy.

Advantages of principle mentoring:

  • it enables students to see their work and efforts serve a meaningful practical purpose: to aggregate and positively impact the scientific community
  • it breeds an atmosphere of constructive curiosity and problem-solving;
  • it endows students with the ability to discover on their own the myriad of ways their skill set and ability can be integrated into the research * process.
  • it helps shatter the academic glass ceiling and promote engagement with the academic profession.
  • it galvanizes and accelerates the dissemination of reliable, rigorous, replicable, open, reproducible science to a previously uninformed population: undergraduate and graduate students.