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Ethics in the Science Classroom: An Instructional Guide for Secondary School Science Teachers

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Author(s):  Michael S. Pritchard, Department of Philosophy, Western Michigan University & Theodore Goldfarb, Department of Chemistry, State University of New York at Stony Brook

NOTE: This contribution appeared as a featured resource in the online and printed issues of ENC Focus: A Magazine for Classroom Innovators Vol. 8 no.3, published by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education-ENC.

Author(s):  Michael S. Pritchard, Department of Philosophy, Western Michigan University & Theodore Goldfarb, Department of Chemistry, State University of New York at Stony Brook

NOTE: This contribution appeared as a featured resource in the online and printed issues of ENC Focus: A Magazine for Classroom Innovators Vol. 8 no.3, published by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education-ENC.

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Year 1999
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Chapter 4: Case Studies (Section I - A Guide to Teaching the Ethical Dimensions of Science)

Author(s): Michael S. Pritchard, Department of Philosophy, Western Michigan University & Theodore Goldfarb, Department of Chemistry, State University of New York at Stony Brook 
From: Ethics in the Science Classroom: An Instructional Guide for Secondary School Science Teachers

The teaching of ethics is particularly suited to the use of illustrative case studies. Such narratives can be used to present examples of a range of significant ethical issues related to some human enterprise and many of the complexities associated with each of the issues. The cases can be either fictional or they can be based on actual events.

In our Summer Institute instructional program we used a series of real-life case studies to illustrate several of the key ethical issues related to science. The teachers found these cases helpful in enhancing their in-depth understanding of the issue and in suggesting practical topics for the development of classroom ethics lessons.

In this chapter we present six such case studies, including five that were used, to good effect, during our Summer Institute instructional program. Each is based on a real case.

The cases and major associated ethics issues

Each case includes

Cite this page: "Chapter 4: Case Studies (Section I - A Guide to Teaching the Ethical Dimensions of Science)" Online Ethics Center for Engineering 7/11/2006 OEC Accessed: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 <www.onlineethics.org/Resources/precollege/scienceclass/sectone/chapt4.aspx>