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Bioethics in High Schools: Why go there?. Understand science in social context Develop character Encourage moral pluralism/tolerance through respectful debate Students are interested! Teachers are interested!. Some Issues that Hook Students. Gene Therapy Cloning Stem Cell Research

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Bioethics in High Schools: Why go there?

  • Understand science in social context

  • Develop character

  • Encourage moral pluralism/tolerance through respectful debate

  • Students are interested!

  • Teachers are interested!


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Some Issues that Hook Students

  • Gene Therapy

  • Cloning

  • Stem Cell Research

  • Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) Technology


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Gene Therapy: Curriculum Integration Ideas

  • The scientific method and experimentation. 

  • Basic concepts in genetics and molecular biology such as transcription and translation. 

  • Basic virology. 

  • Medical advances in treating disease. 

  • Research regulations and public policy.


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Gene Therapy: Key Moral Issues

  • Case Study: Gellsinger

  • Informed consent

  • Selection of subjects

  • Conflict of interest


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ES Cell Research and Human Cloning: Curriculum Integration Ideas

  • Developmental/Reproductive Biology

  • Cell Biology

  • Social Studies and History

  • Theology Courses


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ES Cell Research and Human Cloning: Key Moral Questions Ideas

  • Why does this research matter to us?

  • What is at stake?

  • When does one of us become one of us?

  • What’s in the dish?

  • Risks to identity?


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GMO Technology: Curriculum Integration Ideas Ideas

  • Cell and molecular biology

  • Genetics

  • Health and nutrition

  • Ecology and environmental science

  • Basic patent law

  • Social justice themes


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GMO Technology: Key Moral Questions Ideas

  • Case Studies: Chakrabarty, StarLink

  • Who owns life?

  • Environmental impact: Who’s responsible?

  • What about labels?

  • Terminator technology: Is it Just?


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Why the Internet? Ideas

  • Over 73% of youth between 12-17 use the Internet.

  • 78% of online teens use the Internet for homework purposes.

  • 34% of teens download study-kits from online.

  • The Internet as primary tool for research.


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Online Interaction Ideas

  • Instant messaging as mainstream communication.

  • “Ask-an-expert” site.

  • Live Help


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Assigning Bioethics Homework: We’re here to Help Ideas

  • HelpLine

  • Content and online resources

  • Bioethics Fair

  • Outreach

  • Direct Communication via email and school visits


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Penn High School Bioethics Helpline Ideas

  • Piloted in September 2001

  • Interface: LivePerson and was developed by Penn staff

  • Tutors: Undergraduate and graduate students and Center staff

  • Chats: Provides one-on-one help to students with bioethics homework.

  • Content and Direction: Canned links, pushed pages, and standard forms

  • Operations: Nightly 7pm-11pm

  • Demo


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Testimonials Ideas

  • “I love this live chat, it is the neatest way to get [the] info you need without having to look at a bunch of stuff you don’t need first.”

  • “…we need to have [bioethics] become our main unit of study not just a one time paper.”

  • “I hope that more teachers find out about this live bioethics Helpline because it is very useful”


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High School Bioethics Web Fair and Exhibition Ideas

  • Evidence of interest, research potential

  • Published in AJOB

  • Happening again in Fall and Spring 2002-2003

  • Web Fair as course final project.


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Creating Bioethics Courses: We’re Here to Help Ideas

  • Partner schools

  • Web area

  • Consultation on course structure, curriculum, syllabi and assignments

  • Resources


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Penn High School Bioethics Project: Year 2 Ideas

  • Teacher training and workshop: watch this space

  • Lesson plan help and on-line clearinghouse: send us your stuff!

  • More content: watch our website

  • Enhanced HelpLine to talk to leading bioethicists during class or lab: contact us to set up.

  • Bioethics Bowl


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How To Contact Us Ideas

  • www.bioethics.org

  • www.highschoolbioethics.org

  • Dominic Sisti, MBe

  • John Kwon, MSE

  • Glenn McGee, PhD (Project director and Center Fellow)

  • Art Caplan, PhD (Project co-director and Director of Center)

  • University of Penn, Center for Bioethics

    • Center for Bioethics3401 Market St., Suite 320Philadelphia, PA 19104-3308Tel. (215) 898-7136Fax (215) 573-3036


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