in the way of any potential? Video segment on the basics of stem cell technology and outline of the ethical debate.
http://athome.harvard.edu/programs/psc/index.html Unlocking the promise of stem cells. Videoconference on the establishment of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, which aims to move research on embryonic stem cells from the laboratory to the clinic.
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/eb_thecell/ Tissue engineering lesson and activities. From Discovery School.
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Daily tip for science class discussions and groupwork
The Teacher's role
Teachers need to take care in discussion for students may look to them to seek direction and it is easy to let slip a remark that sways students' viewpoints. You can take various roles such as neutral chair or devil's advocate but these have implications. Students know you probably have your own point of view and may not be convinced by these approaches selecting only what they wish to hear from what you say.
Advice from the DfEE Advisory Group on Citizenship suggests adopting a common sense approach, telling the students that there are other viewpoints that you would like to share with the class. It is also advocated by some educationists that in order to be believable and enable open discussion you need to make your views known in the same way as you are encouraging your pupils to but teachers are still worried about possibly being accused of indoctrination.
From the Bioethics Education Project: www.beep.ac.uk