Teaching and Learning Ethics Online: Lessons from the BioEthics and Physics & Ethics Education Projects

DJ Green, JM Wishart

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Abstract

The UK government recently revised its National Curriculum for science and now requires students to study the ethical implications and applications of science. However, many science teachers remain distinctly uncomfortable teaching topics that involve ethical choices with no “right” answers. The Graduate School of Education at the University of Bristol has developed two websites to assist teachers and students in the transition to this new form of learning: the BioEthics and Physics & Ethics Education Projects (www.beep.ac.uk & www.peep.ac.uk). This paper reports on the development and evaluation of the websites against their overall objective of making a valuable contribution to the teaching of ethical and controversial issues in secondary schools and ultimately to the engagement of young people in understanding the issues underpinning science topics. We discuss the challenges to science educational subject culture posed by the rise of web-based learning resources and the associated new pedagogic approaches of online discussion and argument.
Translated title of the contributionTeaching and Learning Ethics Online: Lessons from the BioEthics and Physics & Ethics Education Projects
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEd-Media: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications
EditorsJ. Luca, E.R Weippl
PublisherAssociation for the Advancement of Computing in Education
Pages5947 - 5952
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)1880094657
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2008

Bibliographical note

Name and Venue of Event: Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Conference Proceedings/Title of Journal: Proceedings of Ed-Media 2008: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications
Conference Organiser: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

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