Resources for Teachers
This page of resources was made possible by the generous support of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District on behalf of Grossmont College.
This section of the Ethics Center website is devoted to resources for teachers interested in promoting discussions about ethics and science. The purpose is to provide students an opportunity to think about and discuss their perspectives about ethical challenges as well as propose possible solutions or approaches. Such discussions serve two purposes:
- Students, as members of the community, can participate in identifying and addressing ethical challenges that might otherwise be barriers to new developments in science and technology.
- Such conversations can serve as a point of entry for students who might otherwise be distrustful of, intimidated by, or disinterested in science.
As a starting point, this section includes two examples of brief presentations illustrating what is possible. In addition, a concluding Recommended Readings page, provides links to resources for instructors, particularly for leading ethics discussions.
Note: These resources are intended for use with or without modification for the purpose of education or other not for profit activities. All that we ask is that you credit the source of the original material.
This PowerPoint presentation provides a starting point for discussing ethical challenges associated with science and technology. It includes one slide that is a basis for class discussion about what we are likely to face as we enhance connections between our brains and machines.
This PowerPoint presentation provides a starting point for discussing ethical challenges associated with science and technology. It includes several slides giving background on the Zika virus and concludes with a listing of three different approaches that might be used to control or limit the spread of the virus.
Sources for Topics and Discussion
- Discover Magazine
- Ted Talks [choose topics of “Science” or “Technology”]
- ProCon.org [esp. Sections on “Health and Medicine” and “Science and Technology”]
- Exploring Ethics Forums of the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology
- Ethics Center Twitter Feed
- Research Ethics Program Twitter Feed
Strategies for Leading Ethics Discussions