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J Bioeth. 1984 Fall-Winter;5(2):145-54.

A structured approach to teaching decision-making skills in biomedical ethics.


The prevailing case study approach to teaching biomedical ethics is compared with a new methodology using short written exercises designed to develop decision making skills. Course content of this new approach and its adaptability to computer assisted instruction with student-faculty interactive software are outlined.


Francoeur, a professor of biological sciences in the Allied Health Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University, has found that the prevailing case study approach to teaching bioethics does not work well with college students who have not been trained in problem analysis and decision making. He describes a different type of course used at Fairleigh Dickinson specifically to develop such analytic and decision making skills. The course is adaptable to computer-assisted instruction.

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