Grade 9-12

Can You Conduct Research Ethically?

Time: 60 min,
Updated: April 26 2023,
Author: Matt Pierson


Students will be able to:

  • Explain the difference between positive and normative economics.
  • Create research statements that use limited bias in questioning to collect data on an economic issue.


In this lesson from the Ethics, Economics, and Social Issues curriculum, students will learn how their bias impacts their decision-making and research.

Students will be faced with some classic visual riddles and then try to answer a guiding question about the United States with limited data. They will learn the difference between positive and normative economics in a short worksheet.

Then students apply their knowledge of economic research to create their own research statements and answer questions about how economics must use ethics in their research.

Teacher note: This lesson uses HyperDocs and requires that students have computer and internet access. The lesson can be completed without students having devices. Once you get to procedure 5, use the alternative method and display the HyperDocs one at a time to the whole group.