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ERIC Number: EJ846337
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1479-7860
Approaches to the Teaching of Bioethics and Professional Ethics in Undergraduate Courses
Downie, Roger; Clarkeburn, Henriikka
Bioscience Education e-Journal, v5 Article 2 May 2005
The role of ethics in bioscience undergraduate degrees is now widely accepted, but how ethics should be taught, who should teach it and what the curriculum should include are matters for debate. This article discusses teaching strategies: specialist options, or embed ethics in other courses, or both; use of professional philosophers, or bioscientists with ethics teaching training, or both. Experience from a bioethics programme at the University of Glasgow is discussed, including the need or not to teach technical philosophical terminology; the aims of ethics teaching (with a strong distinction made between professional ethics in science and more personal issues like animal experimentation); strategies for sustainability in staffing; and teaching and assessment methods. (Contains 3 boxes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Glasgow)