Ethics and Social Responsibility in Science Education by M. J. Frazer, A. Kornhauser

By M. J. Frazer, A. Kornhauser

Questions of ethics and social accountability became an unavoidable a part of technology schooling. lecturers are being uncovered to the tricky activity of facing worldwide values, in addition to with those who are strongly depending on tradition and civilization. during this quantity, many unusual overseas members have tried to stimulate an knowledge of the moral and social dimensions in technological know-how schooling via offering chosen difficulties and through offering details at the efforts being made to accommodate moral and social difficulties within the perform of technological know-how schooling.

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On the other hand, it also brings dangers — an increased chance of central control over the population, the misuse of information, lack of privacy and opportunities for criminal acts. Access to scientific and technical information is often limited not only by cost, but also by political decisions. This lowers the chances of the Third World to overcome the developmental gap and consequently represents an ethical problem. 8. Human rights Every opportunity should be taken in science education to explain and develop proper attitudes towards human rights.

K. Yugoslavia The nine contributions to Part II range from problems of global stability such as the arms race, the population explosion, hunger, lack of useful energy and environmental pollution, to the more specific problems of human experimentation with new drugs, cerebral tissue transplants and the clinical application of genetics. In our efforts to solve these problems, knowledge is the determining factor. The organization of knowledge and the development of knowledge engineering are therefore the concern of the concluding chapter of Part II.

Such a scientist is 47 Ε . Α . A B E L E V A and C. J. ABELEV not independent, his position defines his behaviour. He cannot be himself, cannot follow his principles. He has to play the role, and chooses co-workers dependent on himself, adequate for his own image. Such co-workers are the only ones he can trust. The "man in the wrong position" if not an enemy of himself, certainly is an enemy of ethics in science. This is very serious since ethics supports the natural structure of science with the natural hierarchy of its members, based on their scientific respect.

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