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2013, Cilt 3, Sayı 2, Sayfa(lar) 142-152
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DOI: 10.5961/jhes.2013.069
The Investigation of the Opinions of Teacher Candidates about Current Ethical Issues in Terms of Various Variables
Gazi University, Faculty of Education, Department of Secondary School Science and Mathematics Education, Ankara, Turkey
Keywords: Ethical dilemmas, Bioethics, Genetic screening test, Euthanasia, Reproductive technologies

This research is planned for determining teacher candidates’ opinions about some bioethics issues which include ethical dilemmas. In this research in which quantitative research techniques was used, a study group consisted of 238 teacher candidates from eight different departments at Gazi University in 2011-2012 academic year. Bioethical Values Inventory including scenarios located in the center of ethical issues, such as genetic screening tests, reproductive technologies and euthanasia used as an assessment instrument. Preferences of teacher candidates on scenarios are examined by using research variables such as the gender and studied department. In addition ethical approaches when making their decisions on ethical problems were analyzed. It was observed that the teacher candidates changed the ethical approaches while making decision for each scenario were varied. The teachers’ overall judgments and ethical approach preferences for each scenario did not differentiate according to the department and gender. Only gender-related differences were identified in the genetic screening test scenario.

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