Bioethics: Debates in the Science Classroom
- Teacher: Aleta Sullivan
- Subject: advanced biology and ethics
- Grade Level(s): 10 11 12
- Target Audience: Biology II, genetics
- Class Time: two to three 55 minute class periods
- Brief Summary: Debates in the Biology class?! Absolutely!
Incorporating performance assessment activities such as
debate, mock trial, and parody allow the "non-science"
student chances to excel. Bioethical decision-making is
a perfect classroom tool.
- Student Objective(s): The student will depend one side of a genetics ethics argument.
- Integration (tying it all together): The portfolio incorporates
students' knowledge of human
genetics and decision-making
skills. It allows the student to
prove what she or he has learned,
as well as expressing a personal
opinion. The portfolio entry also
allows students to reflect on their
own learning style.
- Description of Activities: 1.) Introduction to Debate Format, and
preparation techniques. 2.) Student
preparation and research. 3.) Student
debates (see topics on hand-out). 4.)
Portfolio Responses (see questions and
grading scale on hand-out).
- Further Information and References: Playing God in the Nursery by Jeffrey Lyons, BSCS Activity: The Case of Nathaniel Wu
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