Teachers' Institute: Making Science Right

2001 June 26th, 8:00 am to June 29th, 2:00 pm

Gordy Hall

msr2001Following the model of Ohio University’s 10-year-old “ethics modules” program, instructors in the Making Science Right institute provide participanting High-School teachers basic theoretical concepts and skills, hone those skills on a few practical examples, then step back and function as a resource while participants create content and forge materials tailored to their goals and their needs.

The program begins with a four-day institute, during which participants will explore ethical theory and applied ethics methods. Participants then solidify and build on their understanding of the material by considering real-life ethical dilemmas. This phase of the institute includes a visit to the Edison Biotechnology Laboratory. As each topic is covered, participants will discuss options for incorporating the material into their curricula.

Following the on-campus portion of the insti-tute, participants spend two months developing materials for incorporation into their teaching. At the end of August, participants submit these materials for course credit.

The Institute provides an interactive website for participants to share ideas, compare notes and discuss classroom experiences in implementing the new content. As resources permit, the Institute provides limited grants to fund the implementation of new ethics material into high-school classrooms.

In January following the institute, participants gather in Athens to review the summer institute, to compare notes and to share their classroom experiences.

Making Science Right 2001 was funded in part by a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endownment for the Humanities.

Details on the 2001 Making Science Right Institute are available below:

2001 June 26-29

MAKING SCIENCE RIGHT

a workshop for Ohio high-school teachers

INTRODUCTION [top]

Science has a history, a sociology, and a set of values. But most students, taught only the facts and left to figure out the rest for themselves, graduate with little grasp of the societal forces that shape science, or of the influence of science on society.

This is becoming increasingly problematic as state proficiency examinations put more emphasis on an understanding of the nature and history of science.

Making Science Right will provide a select group of teachers a chance to address this problem while earning graduate humanities credit from Ohio University.

Participants will gain a solid grounding in theoretical and applied ethics; hands-on experience in the development of ethical content for the science curriculum; and an opportunity to participate in the development of a state-wide resource repository for science teachers planning to incorporate ethical instruction into their teaching.

Participants can expect to take with them: a solid vocabulary for communicating to their students the ethical implications of scientific developments and a toolkit for teaching students to make reasoned and defensible choices about technological developments and scientific claims.

JUST THE FACTS [top]

  • Who: Active Ohio HS Science Teachers (participation limited to 20)
  • Where: Ohio University Athens Campus
  • When: June 26 – 29, 2001
  • Tuition: $204.12
  • What:
    • 2 months at-home resource development
    • 1-day (optional) evaluation meeting
    • 3 hours graduate credit
    • Food, lodging, and materials provided
    • $54 travel grant
  • Deadline: June 11, 2001
  • Details: 740 593 9802
  • Contact: ethics@ohio.edu | www.ohio.edu/ethics

THE MAKING SCIENCE RIGHT TEAM [top]

  • Arthur Zucker (applied ethics, medical ethics, bioethics)
    Director, Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics
  • Donald Borchert (ethical theory)
    Chair, Department of Philosophy
  • Richard Milter (business & professional ethics)
    Director, MBA Without Bounds program
  • Ralph Martin (science education)
    Professor of Education
  • David Wight (bioethics)
    Director, Edison Biotechnology Institute
  • Gary Meyer (business ethics, copyright)
    Assistant Vice President for Economic and Technical Development
  • Kathleen Evans-Romaine (technical support)
    Assistant Director, Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics

SCHEDULE [top]

Day 1, Tuesday, June 26:

INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS

Ethical theory, applied ethics, case studies and other methods

(Zucker, Borchert)

Day 2, Wednesday, June 27:

SCIENCE & ETHICS

Pseudo-science & science, scientific fraud, & other values issues

(Zucker, Martin)

Day 3, Thursday, June 28:

SCIENCE & BUSINESS

Biotechnology, business research, copyrighting discoveries, social responsibility

(includes visit to Edison Biotechnology Laboratories)

(Zucker, Wight, Meyer)

Day 4, Friday, June 29:

CURRENT QUANDARIES

Animal rights, environmental ethics, other specific areas of interest, institute web resources & database access

(Zucker, Martin, Evans-Romaine)

July – August:

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

Participants collaboratively develop programs for adding or improving ethics content in their curricula. Course credit assigned

(Optional)

January 27, 2002

FOLLOW-UP CONFERENCE

Day-long conference for participants who have implemented or attempted to implement changes based on the Making Science Right institute.

OVERVIEW [top]

Following the model of Ohio University’s 10-year-old “ethics modules” program, Making Science Right instructors provide participants basic theoretical concepts and skills, hone those skills on a few practical examples, then step back and function as a resource while participants create content and forge materials tailored to their goals and their needs.

The program begins with a four-day institute, during which participants will explore ethical theory and applied ethics methods. Participants then solidify and build on their understanding of the material by considering real-life ethical dilemmas. This phase of the institute includes a visit to the Edison Biotechnology Laboratory. As each topic is covered, participants will discuss options for incorporating the material into their curricula.

Following the on-campus portion of the insti-tute, participants will spend two months deve-loping materials for incorporation into their teaching. At the end of August, participants will submit these materials for course credit.

The Institute will provide an interactive website for participants to share ideas, compare notes and discuss classroom experiences in implementing the new content. The website databases will form the core of a state-wide ethics and science-history education resource repository for HS teachers.

Finally, in January 2002 participants will gather in Athens to review the summer institute, to compare notes and to share experiences.

LOCATION [top]

Athens is located in southeast Ohio, in the western foothills of the Appalachian mountains. More information about the city and the area is available at: http://www.athensohio.com/. Each participant in Making Science Right receives a $54 travel grant. Participants how attend the optional conference in January receive an additional $54 grant.

Driving distances to Athens (US miles):

  • Parkersburg: 40
  • Columbus: 75
  • Dayton: 135
  • Cincinnati: 150
  • Pittsburgh: 200
  • Cleveland: 220

Driving directions are available at http://www.ohiou.edu/athens/travel.html.

TRAVEL [top]

Bus service is available to and from the Columbus airport. For details,

see: http://www.ohiou.edu/about/new/transport.html.

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Food and lodging will be provided to participants at no cost. Participants are also free to make their own arrangements, if they so desire.

CONTACT[top]

For further information, please contact conference coordinator Kathleen

Evans-Romaine at ethics@ohio.edu or 740 593 9802.

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