Main objective of this approach is to question the big issues in science in relation to ethics and responsibility toward humanity as a whole. In what ways does science impact our lives, how do we control it or direct it so that it benefits us all, and most importantly how to choose the right people to do so, are just some of the questions this workshop asks.
Science and Responsibility
This workshop aims to question the relation between science and ethics and in what sense does ethical responsibility play an important role in decision making. Also, questioning who does the decision making for us is crucial. This workshop leaves much space for students to research and explore on their own why these issues matter and how to address them in a best possible way.
|Author / creator||Curator||Date|
|Zoran Kojcic||Zoran Kojčić||09/2019|
Aims and objectives
Teachers can open a debate in classroom with different type of questions - much of which are presented in PDF attached. The discussion should follow a Socratic approach of group debate with asking as many question to students in order to foster critical thinking activity and inspire new ideas and solutions for current problems. The class can be opened with an article from web or news with a scientific achievement which raises new or old ethical dilemmas which are used for the motivational part of the class, and then continued with questions on the purpose of science and it's goal (see PDF). The debate then opens new issues in contemporary ethics (PDF) and leads students to new ideas and notions. Students can use internet to research those new notions and discover themselves how to solve some of the issues, proposing a poster or an advertisment for the solution of an issue in a group work and presenting it to the others.
Mainly based on students' research. Students should engage in a debate about the issues, state their own views about them and look for solutions in a group effort. By presenting it to the rest of the class, they will also work on presentation skills and public speech, while within the research they develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
This workshop was done as part of Ethics curriculum in high schools in Croatia. The workshop was done in high schools in Vukovar and Dalj with students age 14 - 18.
This workshop can be done in a 45 minutes long class, as they are in Croatia. However, depending on teacher as facilitator, it could be prolonged to 90 minutes, given that many new materials or questions could be presented. The time will always depend on the facilitator and their own judgement which parts of the workshop are most important and the dinamic of the group.
To foster dialogue between students and to direct them toward as many resources as possible.