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Learning Exercise: Bioethics and Current Issues

Title:
Bioethics and Current Issues
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Description:
Students model an exploration, collaborative discussions, and then assessment via asynchronous internet delivery to delve into on-line resources about ethics and issues in biology.
Course: SCED 504 Advanced Technology in Science Learning Environments

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Submitted by:
Nancy J. Pelaez
Date Last Modified:
July 09, 2000

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Title: 6. Bioethics and Current Issues


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You will use the electronic bulletin board for this assignment to select one ethical issue to discuss. The goal is to be able to identify and and justify the most socially and morally acceptable compromise for this issue. You will try out the ABCDE method of ethical decision-making that involves Argument, considering Both sides, Costs and benefits, making a Decision, and then Evaluating that decision.


Carol K. Johnansen and David E. Harris, Teaching the Ethics of Biology, The American Biology Teacher 62: 356-357, May, 2000.






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Use the bulletin board to share idea as you explore the resources until you come to group consensus about which one
ethical issue the group would like to address. Then discuss the ABCDE's of that issue.
Please e-mail your instructor if you find links that should be added to these ethics resources. (npelaez@fullerton.edu)




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Source Material Resources:

Brain Bank donations

- Why should people donate their brains to research when they die? Why don't they? Thanks to Dr. Brian J. Cummings of the Tissue Repository, Institute for Brain Aging at U.C. Irvine for suggesting these web sites.


URL: http://www.alz.uci.edu/repository.html

Conceiving a Clone

- Should we allow human beings to be cloned?


URL: http://library.thinkquest.org/24355/home.html

Gene testing

- Should we get ourselves tested for defective genes?


URL: http://rex.nci.nih.gov/PATIENTS/INFO_TEACHER/Gene_testing/Title.html

Genes and Society

- This links to a host of resources that deal with ethical issues.


URL: http://www.dnafiles.org/resources/res07.html





















The
Scientist
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Register for your free on-line subscription to the Scientist. Then look for the
Opinion article BREAKING DOWN CANCER on page 39 of the February 21,
2000 issue, OR use the search engine for a list of articles that
address ethics.

URL: http://www.the-scientist.com/memberlogin.htm
ASSIGNMENT:
the ABCD Method
 

URL: http://faculty.fullerton.edu/npelaez/SCED504/6Bioethics/ABCDEthics.htm
Introduction
to public health ethics


URL: http://www.cdc.gov/epo/surveillancein/lesson102.htm
Equity
in math and science education
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This is a mailing list archive with several articles of
interest.

URL: http://nici-mc2.org/mailing/ra-equity/mail/maillist.html
Federal
Pollution locator
 

URL: http://www.scorecard.org/env-releases/land/

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Writing
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Given all the arguments, costs and benefits and final decision that developed through the bulletin board discussion on the one ethical issue selected, write a summary. Describe and justify the most socially and morally acceptable compromise. Consider each item in the ABCDE method of ethical decision-making according to Carol K. Johnansen and David E. Harris, Teaching the Ethics of Biology, The American Biology Teacher 62: 356-357, May, 2000.








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Dr. Nancy J. Pelaez

MaSTERS, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

California State University, Fullerton

Copyright ? 2000.  All rights reserved.

Revised: June 30, 2000
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Additional Information: http://cpr.molsci.ucla.edu:8800/cpr_info/

Categories

Audience

  • Professional

Topics

Bioethics
Asynchronous learning.
Discussion.

Requirements

Basic web browser and navigation skills.
Graduate standing with an undergraduate science major.

Learning Objectives

To be able to identify and and justify the most socially and morally acceptable compromise for an issue using the ABCDE method of ethical decision-making that involves Argument, considering Both sides, Costs and benefits, making a Decision, and then Evaluating that decision.

Type of Task

  • Core activity
  • Individual
  • Student-centered
  • Supplemental activity
  • Team
  • Unsupervised

Technical Notes

Students need access to a bulletin board, for example, via Blackboard or Web CT. The text submitted should then be formatted with some basc html flags. The lesson shows a preview of the CPR assignment, but the version that students view on-line through calibrated peer review looks better becuase it uses java script.