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Integrating ethics into primary science programmes

Barbara Ryan and Cathy Buntting

Ethics is a valuable way to approach science in primary school because grappling with ethical issues engages students. Focusing on ethics encourages students to extend their understanding of scientific concepts as it is essential to have a sound grasp of the science in order to meaningfully evaluate different positions. For teachers looking to enhance their practice in this area, the ethics-in-science planning tool presented in this article might be a useful resource to consider. The tool supports teachers to think through and develop a detailed lesson sequence for teaching ethics in science.


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