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Concannon, James P.; Siegel, Marcelle A.; Halverson, Kristy; Freyermuth, Sharyn – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2010
In this study, we examined 96 undergraduate non-science majors' conceptions of stem cells, stem cell research, and cloning. This study was performed at a large, Midwest, research extensive university. Participants in the study were asked to answer 23 questions relating to stem cells, stem cell research, and cloning in an on-line assessment before…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Current Events, World Affairs, Undergraduate Students
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Virtue, Emily; Wells, Gayle; MacKusick, Carol; Murphy-Nugen, Amy; Rose, Amy – Learning Communities: Research & Practice, 2018
First-year seminars and learning communities (LC) have been used to help increase retention, provide continuity, and support students as they transition to the university setting. Another high impact educational practice--common intellectual experiences (CIE)--includes student activities centered on a theme to help facilitate learning, increase…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, First Year Seminars, Communities of Practice, Health Sciences
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Hurlbut, J. Benjamin; Robert, Jason Scott – Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2012
These are interesting days in the scientific, social, and political debates about human embryonic stem cell research. Pluripotent stem cells--cells that can, in principle, give rise to the body's full range of cell types--were previously derivable only from human embryos that were destroyed in the process. Now, a variety of somatic cell types can…
Descriptors: Genetics, Scientific Research, Political Issues, Human Body
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Halverson, Kristy Lynn; Siegel, Marcelle A.; Freyermuth, Sharyn K. – International Journal of Science Education, 2009
Decision making is influenced by multiple factors, especially when approaching controversial socio-scientific issues, such as stem cell research. In the present study, we used qualitative data from 132 college student papers in a biotechnology course to investigate how students made decisions about stem cell research issues. Students indicated…
Descriptors: Biotechnology, Decision Making, Ethics, Undergraduate Students
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Halverson, Kristy Lynn; Freyermuth, Sharyn K.; Siegel, Marcelle A.; Clark, Catharine G. – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
As biotechnology-related scientific advances, such as stem cell research (SCR), are increasingly permeating the popular media, it has become ever more important to understand students' ideas about this issue. Very few studies have investigated learners' ideas about biotechnology. Our study was designed to understand the types of alternative…
Descriptors: Biotechnology, Scientific Literacy, Misconceptions, Scientific Concepts
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France, Bev; Mora, Helen A.; Bay, Jacquie L. – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
This study explores how teachers developed and critically evaluated a range of teaching strategies that could support the discussion of a socio-scientific issue (SSI) that had the potential to be controversial. The issue was stem cell research and six New Zealand teachers of senior biology students (grades 12/13) took part in an action research…
Descriptors: Action Research, Teaching Methods, Biology, Decision Making
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Shapiro, Robyn S. – Social Education, 2006
Bioethics--the study of ethical issues in science and medicine--has grown to become a significant academic and service-oriented discipline with its own research centers, conferences, journals, and degree programs. As these issues have moved to the center of public debate, the law has assumed an increasingly important place in the discipline of…
Descriptors: Ethics, Discipline, World Affairs, Current Events
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Gelamdin, Rashidah Begum; Daniel, Esther Gnanamalar Sarojini – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 2016
This paper investigates the level of knowledge and interest in biotechnology education of Malaysian secondary school students. The research was based on a questionnaire adapted from the instruments developed by Prokop et al. and Kidman. Six schools in the Klang Valley were involved in the research and with participation by a total of 427 Grade 11…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Knowledge Level, Student Interests, Biotechnology
Eve, David J.; Marty, Phillip J.; McDermott, Robert J.; Klasko, Stephen K.; Sanberg, Paul R. – American Journal of Health Education, 2008
Stem cells are being touted as the greatest discovery for the potential treatment of a myriad of diseases in the new millennium, but there is still much research to be done before it will be known whether they can live up to this description. There is also an ethical debate over the production of one of the most valuable types of stem cell: the…
Descriptors: Health Education, Ethics, Diseases, Medical Research
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Cebesoy, Umran Betul; Oztekin, Ceren – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2018
Teachers have a crucial role to play in raising future generations of citizens who are aware of issues in genetics literacy such as gene therapy, cloning, and stem cell research. Teachers' teaching practices are influenced by their knowledge in genetics literacy and their attitudes towards different issues. Accordingly, this study explored the…
Descriptors: Genetics, Scientific Literacy, Science Teachers, Middle School Teachers
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Owen-Smith, Jason; Scott, Christopher Thomas; McCormick, Jennifer B. – Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2012
Human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research has sparked incredible scientific and public excitement, as well as significant controversy. hESCs are pluripotent, which means, in theory, that they can be differentiated into any type of cell found in the human body. Thus, they evoke great enthusiasm about potential clinical applications. They are…
Descriptors: Current Events, World Affairs, Human Body, Ethics
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Miller, Roxanne Grietz – Science Scope, 2005
The goal of this lesson is to present the basic scientific knowledge about stem cells, the promise of stem cell research to medicine, and the ethical considerations and arguments involved. One of the challenges of discussing stem cell research is that the field is constantly evolving and the most current information changes almost daily. Few…
Descriptors: World Affairs, Current Events, Cytology, Science Education
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Shea, Nicole A.; Duncan, Ravit Golan; Stephenson, Celeste – Research in Science Education, 2015
Genetics literacy is becoming increasingly important as advancements in our application of genetic technologies such as stem cell research, cloning, and genetic screening become more prevalent. Very few studies examine how genetics literacy is applied when reasoning about authentic genetic dilemmas. However, there is evidence that situational…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Science Education, Genetics, Knowledge Level
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Ritz, John M. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2012
Many people suffer from chronic diseases and problems due to injury from accidents or ailments. Some problems, such as measles and cancer, can be cured or put into remission with time, medicine, or treatments. Other ailments, such as high blood pressure, failing kidneys, and cystic fibrosis, cannot be cured and require continuous use of…
Descriptors: Medicine, Ethics, Human Body, Health Conditions
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Wink, Rudiger – International Journal of Learning and Change, 2008
The article analyses the role of gatekeepers between regional and disciplinary innovation systems in stem cell research as a case of integrative technologies. Which kind of gatekeepers is needed and which function can be fulfilled, differs along the knowledge value chain. Empirical results are used to explain the rationality of stem cell policies…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Epistemology, Genetics, Biotechnology
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