Promoting moral development through addressing the ethics of animal experimentation in high school biology classes: An exploratory case study in the Chinese context

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Abstract

Promoting students with moral development has been increasingly emphasized in science education recently. This study investigated how a Chinese high school biology teacher addressed the bioethical issue of animal experimentation for stimulating Grade 11 students’ moral development. Using a case study design, results revealed that the teacher provided various bioethics contents such as opinions of both sides on animal testing, relevant ethical principles and legislations and organised learning activities such as reading the handouts and role-playing debate. Analysis of bioethics discourses among students indicated that students become aware of the need to show respect and tolerance to others in resolving the issue. Implications of this study for more effectively enhancing students’ moral development in science education are discussed. Copyright © 2017 All Academic, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017

Citation

Chen, Y., & So, W. W.-M. (2017, April). Promoting moral development through addressing the ethics of animal experimentation in high school biology classes: An exploratory case study in the Chinese context. Paper presented at The 2017 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting: Knowledge to Action Achieving the Promise of Equal Educational Opportunity, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas.

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