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first chapter of Darryl R.J.Macer’s “Bioethics is Love of Life: An alternative Text book”.

The gift that we receive when we are born into this world is love. While it is a gift that few are deprived of a depreviation that is in itself an insult to the humanity that our flesh embodies, it is a norm for all forms of life for the new life to be given a good start. Maternal love may be shown in different forms but it also a social norm of all human societies for the community treat the new born as a treasure.

The above text is split into frames containing small logical units followed by a question and the answer for the same as follows:

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1. Frame I

Item: The gift that we receive when we are born into this world is love.

While it is a gift that few are deprived of, a deprivation that is in    

 itself an insult to the humanity that our flesh embodies, it is a   norm for all forms of life for the new life to be given a good start.

Question: Are all born into this world receive love?

Yes / No

Answer: No

Yes, you are right, proceed.

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Frame II

Item:Maternal love may be shown in different forms but is also a social

norm of all human societies for the community treat the new born as a treasure.

Question: In your opinion should all the new born of any society be

treated as a treasure

Yes / No

Answer:        Yes

You are really a treasure to the world, Go ahead...................................

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Like what I have done above the text is split into frames with or without questions and giving applauses now and then. When we follow the text on these lines the learner finds the matter easy to grasp and is motivated to learn more. What is have shown is a simple programme. But there are wonderful programmes started on these lines available for all subjects. We as members of bioethics association can have a try at it when we write a text for primary and secondary school students. It will be a fruitful exercise if we are able to train teachers who handle bioethics classes with the art of writing programmes based on the principles of programmed learning.

Conclusion

Teaching and learning of bioethics have to be monitored with almost care as they pave way for human to live as a noble creature among one of the creations. Though we have dealt with the individualized instruction. Modular approach in brief in this article it is worthwhile introducing bioethics education in primary and high schools using the programmed instructions technique which will be better than other conventional methods of text book writing. Though the process is time consuming once we start preparing bioethics study material in this way it will surely bear fruits for humanity. To end it is good to quote the words of Dr. S. Radhakrishnan: "Education to be complete must be humane: it should include not only the training of the intellect but also the refinement of the heart and the discipline of the soul."

References

1.

Dodd, Bernard: Programmed Instruction for Industrial Training (Heinnmann, 1972).

2.

Goodman, Richard: Programmed Learning and Teaching Machines: an Introduction (EUP, 1974).

3.

Hartley, J: Strategies for Programmed Instruction; and Educational Technology (Butterworth, 1974)

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