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Teaching Bioethics in Science: Crossing a Bridge Too Far

Levinson, Ralph (2004) Teaching Bioethics in Science: Crossing a Bridge Too Far. Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 4. pp. 353-369. ISSN 1492-6156

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Additional Information: This article resulted from a pilot research programme to analyse how student-student and teacher-student interactions produce awareness and knowledge of different bioethical contexts. The methodology uses the concept of communicative approach from socio-cultural theory to describe these interactions and the ways in which they promote or inhibit discussion and provide opportunities for ethical decision-making. As well as recording small group student talk and teacher interventions focused observations were made on a thirty second timeline. Semi-structured interviews with the teacher were held at the end of each session to test inferences made from observations and therefore add rigour to the data collected. The methods adopted made it possible to see how the teacher influenced understanding through interventions in small group and class discussion. The significance of the research is that it underlines the complexity of building knowledge through small group discussion and linking biological knowledge with ethical understanding in the classroom situation. The article was refereed.
Controlled Keywords: Pedagogy , 17 - 18 , UK , Post-compulsory educational institution (not HE)
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Geography, Enterprise, Mathematics and Science
IOE Departments > Departments > Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2009 15:26
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 11:48
URI: http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/493
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