Bioethics for Every Generation : Deliberation and Education in Health, Science, and Technology

TitleBioethics for Every Generation : Deliberation and Education in Health, Science, and Technology
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsPresidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues
Pagination112 p.
Date Published05/2016
PublisherPresidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues
AbstractThe first part of this report provides a justification for the value and use of democratic deliberation in bioethics, sets forth a roadmap for conducting 3 democratic deliberation, and outlines recommendations for advancing and improving its use in solving complex bioethics and health policy problems. Democratic deliberation about these problems requires an understanding of their ethical dimensions. This ethical understanding develops in large part through education in ethics. Ethics education provides stakeholders with the tools for understanding, reasoning through, and articulating their own values when making good decisions about bioethics and health for themselves, their loved ones, or their communities and society. The second part of this report explores possibilities for building on the Bioethics Commission’s past work on education by recommending the infusion of bioethics training throughout education, building knowledge and skills that are tailored for different educational levels and life stages. Even as young children are beginning school, they can grasp general ethics concepts such as right and wrong. As older students focus their interests and begin work or professional training, ethics education can and should become more topic-specific. This report outlines recommendations for how ethics education can be enhanced at all stages and in different educational contexts with the goal of increasing ethical readiness for engagement in civil deliberation about bioethical concerns.
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