ERIC Number: ED434007
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Controversial Issues and the Teaching of A-Level Biology: Possibilities and Problems.
Van Rooy, Wilhelmina
This thesis focuses on the espoused beliefs, values, and attitudes of experienced A-Level Biology teachers in relation to the teaching of controversial biological issues. Of major interest is the thinking behind what the teachers in this study regard as the possibilities and problems for the teaching of controversial issues given the teaching context in which they work. In this study, an intervention approach is adopted and conceptualized as a wholly, negotiated venture between the researcher and four, individual, experienced A-Level Biology teachers through the development, implementation, and subsequent reflection on one or more lessons addressing one specific controversial issue. All participants teach in comprehensive Local Education Authority (LEA) controlled schools and are considered expert practitioners. The research seeks to gain an understanding of the rationale these teachers have for the use of controversial issues in their A-Level Biology teaching practice. Four issues are investigated: organ transplantation, infertility, diabetes, and animal experimentation. What emerged from this study is a set of variables which enable the identification of conditions whereby the use of controversial issues for the teaching of A-Level Biology might be possible. The significance and implications of these findings in terms of teacher education and professional development and an agenda for further research are discussed in the final chapter. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ph.D. Thesis, Oxford University.