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Ethical Values and Biological Diversity: A Preliminary Assessment Approach

    Author: Joel I. Cohen1
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    Affiliations: 1: Parkland Magnet Middle School, Rockville, MD 20853
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    • Published 15 December 2014
    • Supplemental materials available at http://jmbe.asm.org
    • Corresponding author. Mailing address: Parkland Magnet Middle School, 4610 West Frankfort Drive, Rockville MD 20853. Phone: 301-438-5700. Fax: 301-460-2699. E-mail: cohenji@comcast.net.
    • ©2014 Author(s). Published by the American Society for Microbiology.
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. December 2014 vol. 15 no. 2 224-226. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v15i2.821
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    Abstract:

    There have been five major extinction events over geological time. However, the current rate of extinction or reduction of species and their habitats is directly related to anthropomorphic causes. For seventh grade students, biodiversity and its ethical considerations were introduced in a life sciences curriculum, following lessons on evolution, natural selection, and decent from common ancestry. This paper takes a preliminary look at the approach used in this unit, the ethical survey developed, and improvements to be made in subsequent years.

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6. Wilson EO 2006 The creation: a meeting of science and religion W.W Norton and Company New York, NY
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Abstract:

There have been five major extinction events over geological time. However, the current rate of extinction or reduction of species and their habitats is directly related to anthropomorphic causes. For seventh grade students, biodiversity and its ethical considerations were introduced in a life sciences curriculum, following lessons on evolution, natural selection, and decent from common ancestry. This paper takes a preliminary look at the approach used in this unit, the ethical survey developed, and improvements to be made in subsequent years.

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