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The inclusion of bioethics education in biotechnology courses

Dawson, V. and Taylor, P. (1997) The inclusion of bioethics education in biotechnology courses. Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics, 7 (6).

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This paper provides a rationale for the inclusion of biotechnology courses in the secondary science curriculum. In years to come our students will need to make important political, moral and social decisions about their future and the future of others. If our students are to become informed decision makers they need to understand the theory, practice and ethical ramifications of biotechnology. Important topics related to biotechnology include euthanasia, human organ and tissue transplantation, reproductive technology, cloning, and the production and use of genetically modified organisms. Science teachers have an obligation to help their students develop an understanding of these issues.

Data is presented from two science teachers, Catherine and Mark, each of whom taught innovative Year 10 Biotechnology courses (student age 16-17 years). The effectiveness of the courses in enabling students to better identify and resolve ethical issues is discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Official Journal of the Asian Bioethics Association
Copyright: 1997 Eubios Ethics Institute
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