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Protecting Whistleblowers since 1977

Curriculum Project

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Educating the next generation of workers and leaders about the vital role whistleblowing has in promoting government and corporate accountability is at the core of GAP’s educational mission. Reflecting this is GAP’s Curriculum Project: “Whistleblowers: Essential Voices in Accountability,” which offers free multi-disciplinary teaching materials that can be adapted to undergraduate and graduate courses. Having its genesis in GAP’s American Whistleblower Tour, the Project’s cornerstone is the stories of real-life whistleblowers themselves. The teaching materials are intended to serve as useful tools to allow faculty to deepen and sustain important discussions about ethics, social responsibility, and public policy around whistleblowing.

The cases, written objectively but through the decision-making lens of a whistleblower-protagonist and with substantial citation to primary and secondary sources, were written with the substantial input, comments and edits of several members of GAP’s Faculty Committee, made up of leading scholars from a variety of disciplines, including law, business, journalism, public administration, and the social sciences, to ensure that they are adaptable to use in a variety of courses. Two of the cases have also been beta-tested in several courses, and we have applied student and faculty feedback to improve the cases and inform the teaching notes.

Here you will find our first batch of Teaching Modules, each of which consist of:

  • A case study, divided into sections for maximum classroom flexibility, and with active links to primary and secondary source citations;
  • A case-specific teaching note that highlights key themes, offers discussion questions, suggests different ways to use the case in the classroom, and includes both a selected bibliography as well as additional resources that can be assigned to supplement the case.

In addition, we have developed the following resources to help facilitate any class lesson plan introducing the topic of whistleblowing:

  • A guide, General Strategies for Teaching Cases about Whistleblowing, that offers a framework and discussion questions for teaching any case focused on various stages of the whistleblowing experience;
  • A list of General Resources, which includes references to key articles, organizations, books, videos and films that address various aspects of whistleblowing.

We welcome the feedback of faculty who adopt any portion of these materials for classroom use to let us know how they have been useful or how they could be improved. Please send any comments to Dana Gold, GAP Senior Fellow, to share your ideas about the materials or how GAP might further support pedagogy related to whistleblowing.