Description

Reproductive technologies, drug discovery and exploration of the universe are areas of contemporary research that raise issues for individuals and society. Forward Thinking, Northern Ireland uses the development of communities of enquiry to promote discussion of these and other social and ethical issues in science with students aged 11-14 years. This article reports on the evaluation of this approach in 11 post-primary schools in Northern Ireland. Students report that this approach is interesting, enjoyable and useful to help them learn science.

Social issues
Ethics
Inquiry
Enquiry

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