Contentious Problems in Bioscience and Biotechnology: A Pilot Study of an Approach to Ethics Education

TitleContentious Problems in Bioscience and Biotechnology: A Pilot Study of an Approach to Ethics Education
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsBerry, RM, Borenstein, J, Butera, RJ
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Volume19
Issue2
Pagination653 - 668
Date Published6/2013
ISSN Number14715546
KeywordsBIOLOGY , biomedical engineering , ENGINEERING , humanities , Instructional Methods , Law , MEDICINE , SCIENCE , SOCIAL sciences
AbstractThis manuscript describes a pilot study in ethics education employing a problem-based learning approach to the study of novel, complex, ethically fraught, unavoidably public, and unavoidably divisive policy problems, called 'fractious problems,' in bioscience and biotechnology. Diverse graduate and professional students from four US institutions and disciplines spanning science, engineering, humanities, social science, law, and medicine analyzed fractious problems employing 'navigational skills' tailored to the distinctive features of these problems. The students presented their results to policymakers, stakeholders, experts, and members of the public. This approach may provide a model for educating future bioscientists and bioengineers so that they can meaningfully contribute to the social understanding and resolution of challenging policy problems generated by their work.
DOI10.1007/s11948-012-9359-6
Short TitleSci Eng Ethics
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