ERIC Number: EJ744907
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Awareness of Societal Issues among High School Biology Teachers Teaching Genetics
Lazarowitz, Reuven; Bloch, Ilit
Journal of Science Education and Technology, v14 n5-6 p437-457 Dec 2005
The purpose of this study was to investigate how aware high school biology teachers are of societal issues (values, moral, ethic, and legal issues) while teaching genetics, genetics engineering, molecular genetics, human heredity, and evolution. The study includes a short historical review of World War II atrocities during the Holocaust when scientists from all the above-mentioned disciplines had been involved in trying to support and develop the eugenics theories. It investigates pre- and postwar theories of the eugenics movement in the United States which were implemented successfully in Germany and a literature survey of the studies of societal issues related to these subjects. The sample consisted of 30 male and female biology teachers. Enclosed are teachers' answers in favor or against including debates about societal issues in their classrooms while teaching the disciplines mentioned above.
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Social Problems, Biology, Science Instruction, Genetics, War, World History, Theories, Literature Reviews, Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Values, Crime, Science History, Educational Environment, Science Curriculum, Moral Issues, Scientific Research, High Schools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Germany; United States