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ERIC Number: EJ780017
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0693
Matching Society Values: Students' Views of Biotechnology
Saez, Maria J.; Nino, Angela Gomez; Carretero, Antonio
International Journal of Science Education, v30 n2 p167-183 Feb 2008
The rapid growth of biotechnology knowledge during the past decades has made it necessary to rethink the contents of the school curriculum and has provoked a consideration of the ethical and social issues related to the use of biotechnological applications. With the financial assistance of the European Union, the European Initiative for Biotechnology Education was set up to develop units for use in the member the countries, organize the translations of these between the many languages involved, organize in-service courses for teachers, implement the materials in schools, as well as carrying out related research. This paper gives some findings of Spanish researchers when identifying and exploring the different cultural contexts in which biotechnology teaching and learning is embedded, being mainly concerned with the emerging attitudes and values of the students regarding such issues. After gathering information through case studies during the implementation phase, a questionnaire was developed in an interactive way by teachers and researchers in various stages, based on what students said. The results identify four main values: the "principle of the natural", the "principle of the welfare", the "principle of the technological solution" and the "principle of the individual decisions". Their interaction and dichotomy are discussed, as well as the problems teachers face when having to deal with topics beyond those immediately related to science. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain