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Exploring Bioethics - A New Model for
Classroom Instruction
All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

This Web Seminar took place on April 22, 2009, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Jeanne Ting Chowning, Director of Education for the nonprofit Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR – www.nwabr.org). Ms. Chowning helped develop the curriculum created by NIH and EDC and gave participants an overview of some of the curriculum modules.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.


This is the second of two Web Seminars scheduled as a follow-up to the NIH: Exploring Bioethics – A New Model for Classroom Instruction Symposium that took place at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in New Orleans, LA. In this program, Jeanne Chowning presented specific examples of the NIH and EDC developed curriculum for the teaching bioethics in the high school classroom. Participants reviewed and discussed sample questions on vaccination policies, talked about challenges in teaching bioethics, and were given philosophical background on where some of the ethical principles were initially derived.


Twenty-four (24) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Virginia. Two participants joined the seminar from outside the U.S. from Puerto Rico and South Korea.


Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.


Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “I just got into teaching bioethics this year and am excited about the resources that will become available shortly through NIH.”
  • “I will be able to incorporate the information into some of my lessons.”
  • “Even with topics in Earth Science, there are ethical questions (and questions on social justice) that need to be addressed, but I found it hard to develop lessons that presented balanced approaches. This seminar provided that link.”
  • “I am always looking for ways to integrate the teaching of ethics into a very content-driven curriculum. The strategies and case studies used in the NIH curriculum supplement will be very helpful in this regard.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!




For more information contact webseminars@nsta.org


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