ERIC Number: ED128294
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
The Biological Revolution: Examining Values Through the Futures Perspective.
Howard, Mary Kay; Franks, Betty Barclay
The most value laden of futures issues are raised by contemporary biological research. Current biological research has reached the point where we must now ask such questions as: What should be the nature of the human in the future? Who should make these decisions? How should humans interact with the universe? The problems and possibilities of the biological revolution cannot be compartmentalized because they affect all areas of life. Teachers from social studies, biology, health, and humanities have found that these issues cannot be examined through the narrow perspective of only one discipline. Examining the biological revolution through the futures perspective enables students to take a multidisciplinary approach to tomorrow's critical issues today. This report describes a series of values questions which, combined with media, materials, and activities, can be used to form a unit to help students examine the biological revolution through the futures perspective. This unit can be added to existing courses, or portions of it can be inserted wherever teachers think it would be appropriate to involve students in values clarification activities. Because the approach is multidisciplinary, materials are included that can be used in biology, psychology, government, science fiction, humanities, and futures classes. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Artificial Intelligence, Biological Sciences, Bionics, Class Activities, Decision Making, Futures (of Society), Human Factors Engineering, Interdisciplinary Approach, Technological Advancement, Values
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Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.