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J Microbiol Biol Educ. 2014 Dec 15;15(2):243-5. doi: 10.1128/jmbe.v15i2.839. eCollection 2014 Dec.

Topics in bioethics: a development of student perspectives.

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Biology Department, Bradley University, Peoria, IL 61625.


Exposing students to current biotechnological and medical issues is eye-opening for many students in a way that is not always achieved through lecture-based learning. Lecture or investigative teaching styles provide a tremendous knowledge base for the students, but sometimes these teaching styles do not allow the student to fully develop, especially personal attitudes to issues in bioethics. Through online videos, Hollywood movies, guided readings and classroom discussions, students in this course are informed of some bioethical topics, encouraged to learn about other topics, and use this gained knowledge to develop personal positions regarding the value and/or risk of the issues. This course has been well-received by previous students as a favorite in terms of both topics covered and style.

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