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Ethics in Science

Pedagogic Issues and Concerns

Authors: Saxena, Astha

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  • Chiefly focuses on the content & conceptual foundations of bioethics
  • Written with a pedagogical orientation on ethical issues in science 
  • Helps teachers develop their own pedagogical reasoning and pedagogical expertise   
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The book approaches the subject of ethics in science from a pedagogical and pragmatic viewpoint and addresses the need to effectively deal with these issues in science classrooms at the K-12 and undergraduate levels, drawing on real-world cases to do so. The book also explores ethical issues in connection with recent biotechnological advances and urges the reader to move beyond a disciplinary understanding and adopt an interdisciplinary view of the entire issue.

Intended to initiate a process of reflecting on and investigating these ethical issues related to biotechnologies, and to enable the reader to take a personal stance on these issues rather than being led by outside agencies, the book offers a source of in-depth study material for researchers working in this area, as well as a training manual for teachers at both in-service & pre-service level, teacher educators, curriculum designers and professionals working in the field. Combining theory and practice, and including teachers’ reflections on their own pedagogic practice, it offers a valuable resource to help teaching professionals conduct experiments and achieve pedagogic innovations in their own work.

“‘Ethics in Science- Pedagogic Issues & Concerns’ is an excellent textbook for high school and college students that provides an overview of the ethical issues in science and technology and includes useful cases studies and questions for discussion. I recommend it highly.”

—David B. Resnik, JD, PhD, Bioethicist and IRB Chair, National Institute for

Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, USA


“Given the recent proliferation of biological and biomedical knowledge, the need for education in the relationship between science and ethics has become ever increasingly essential. The book by Dr. Saxena provides a valuable introduction on how to inaugurate such an education. This book is an excellent template for those attempting to teach science and ethics.”

—Bernard.E.Rollin, University Distinguished Professor,

Colorado State University, Colorado, USA


“This book by Dr Astha Saxena, a well-qualified educationist, fulfils a need for such a book for students of Science and Technology stream. The coverage is comprehensive and the writing is lucid. I endorse this book as it will bring a criticality of thinking among Indian students.”

—Kambadur Muralidhar PhD, FASc, FNASc, FNA,

University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad

“Science without ethics can lead to false scientific claims as well as unbridled technological growth. The present book conceptualizes this integration of ethics and science beautifully with academic rigour.”

—Alka Behari, Professor, Department of Education,

University of Delhi, New Delhi, India  




About the authors

Dr. Astha Saxena has done her Master’s in Zoology and Education with a Ph.D. in the area of Science Education from Department of Education, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India. She has published papers, written articles, reports in the area of science education, teacher education and sociology and philosophy of science in reputed National and International Journals. Her key interest areas include Science Education, Science and Ethics, Bioethics, Environment Education, Teacher Education at elementary, secondary, senior secondary and higher education levels. She has been associated with organisations such as NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training), CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) and UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) for developing Textbook on Pedagogy of Biological Sciences, MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) for Biology, Teacher Education and designing curriculum for Adolescence Health Programme. She was formerly teaching in Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India and is presently working as a Consultant at Central Institute of Educational Technology (CIET), National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), New Delhi, India.  




Reviews

“Ethics in Science- Pedagogic Issues & Concerns is an excellent textbook for teaching high school and college students about ethical issues in science and technology.  The book provides students with an overview of the issues and includes useful cases studies and questions for discussion. I recommend it highly.” (David B. Resnik, JD, PhD, Bioethicist and IRB Chair, National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, USA)

“Given the recent proliferation of biological and biomedical knowledge, the need for education in the relationship between science and ethics has become ever increasingly essential. The book by Dr. Saxena provides a valuable introduction on how to inaugurate such an education. As someone who has taught science and ethics for over 40 years in the areas of basic biology, genetic manipulation, veterinary medicine, agricultural science, and animal behavior, I enjoy an extensive background in the field. This book is an excellent template for those attempting to teach science and ethics.” (Bernard E. Rollin, University Distinguished Professor, University Bioethicist, Colorado State University, USA)

“This book by Dr Astha Saxena, a well-qualified educationist, fulfills a need for such a book for students of Science and Technology stream. The coverage is comprehensive and the writing is lucid. I endorse this book as it will bring a criticality of thinking among Indian students.” (Kambadur Muralidhar PhD, FASc, FNASc, FNA, Jawaharlal Nehru Chair, School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, India)

“There has been a long debate in science education about the place of ethics and values in science. In this book, Astha Saxena convincing argues that high quality, engaging and effective science teaching, both at school and at undergraduate level, should incorporate ethics and values. Her argument is buttressed by classroom data and masses of examples of how particular topics might be taught more richly in science lessons and lectures than is often the case. This is a book that deserves to be taken seriously by anyone who wants to improve science education.” (Michael J Reiss, Professor of Science Education, UCL, London, UK)

“The notion ‘ethics in Science’ has often been contested upon and arguments against the very idea have been raised. However, now it is being realised that science without ethics can lead to false scientific claims as well as unbridled technological growth. The present book conceptualises this integration of ethics and science beautifully with academic rigour.” (Alka Behari, Professor, Department of Education, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Science and Ethics—Merging the Boundaries

    Pages 1-16

    Saxena, Astha

  • Ethics in Science: An Inquiry into Bioethical Issues

    Pages 19-48

    Saxena, Astha

  • Ethical Issues in Science Curriculum—A Case of K-12 Biology Textbook

    Pages 49-74

    Saxena, Astha

  • Pedagogical Approaches to Ethical Issues in Biosciences

    Pages 75-88

    Saxena, Astha

  • Establishing Linkages with Humanistic and Liberal Goals of Science—Case Narrative of a High School Teacher

    Pages 91-116

    Saxena, Astha

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ethics in Science
Book Subtitle
Pedagogic Issues and Concerns
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-329-009-9
DOI
10.1007/978-981-32-9009-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-329-008-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIX, 265
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
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