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ERIC Number: EJ937522
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9266
Moral Reasoning in Genetics Education
van der Zande, Paul; Brekelmans, Mieke; Vermunt, Jan D.; Waarlo, Arend Jan
Journal of Biological Education, v44 n1 p31-36 2009
Recent neuropsychological research suggests that intuition and emotion play a role in our reasoning when we are confronted with moral dilemmas. Incorporating intuition and emotion into moral reflection is a rather new idea in the educational world, where rational reasoning is preferred. To develop a teaching and learning strategy to address this moral reflection, a developmental research project aimed at empowering biology teachers for moral education in context-based genetics was started. The initial focus was on how intuitive and emotive considerations are dealt with in current moral education. Fifteen pre-university students were interviewed on their way of reasoning by confronting them with real-life situations. Next, eight experienced biology teachers were interviewed about their approach to moral education, and about their views on student reasoning. These findings were contrasted with suggestions found in literature on moral reasoning. All students used intuitive, emotive, and "rationalistic" considerations during the interviews. Teachers reported that they observed, students using intuition and emotion in their reasoning. However, the conceptual distinction between emotive and intuitive reasoning proved to be difficult for students and teachers. Neither the educational literature nor the interviews yielded an clear pedagogical approach in which such considerations played a role in moral reflection.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands