Using case studies to teach ethics in science classroom

Sing Lai CHAN, Chung Wai Kevin LUI

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Abstract

With the help of Quality Education Fund, the authors have been able to develop a CD-ROM “To Promote Biotechnology Education”. The content of the CD-ROM is shared in a workshop. One of the interesting area covered is Bioethics. Many modern advances in biotechnology and genetic engineering continue to move out of the laboratory and into the public areas in the therapies, drugs, and food products, etc. As a result, it raises various issues with regard to ethics, the level of acceptable risk, and usefulness of the new products. We believe that good science education not only increases students’ knowledge, but also helps them to understand the risks, benefits, and disadvantages of modern technology. Teaching with the use of case studies would give students more opportunities to discuss topical biotechnological issues. This can enhance their interests in learning science so as to encourage students to participate more in science classroom. Copyright © 2000 Hong Kong Institute of Education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScience technology education: Enhancing the quality of life through science & technology: Science & Technology Education Conference 2000 proceedings
EditorsKenneth S. VOLK , Wing-mui, Winnie SO , Gregory P. THOMAS
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherThe Hong Kong Institute of Education, Education Dept., Hong Kong, Hong Kong Association for Science and Mathematics Education and Hong Kong Association for Design and Technology Education
Pages188-199
ISBN (Print)962949056X
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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Citation

Chan, S. L., & Lui, C. W. K. (2000). Using case studies to teach ethics in science classroom. In K. S. Volk, W.-M. W. So & G. P. Thomas (Eds.), Science technology education: Enhancing the quality of life through science & technology: Science & Technology Education Conference 2000 proceedings (pp. 188-199). Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Education Dept., Hong Kong, Hong Kong Association for Science and Mathematics Education and Hong Kong Association for Design and Technology Education.