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Characterizing physics students’ ethical reasoning after a unit on the development of the atomic bomb
written by Egla Ochoa-Madrid, Alice R. Olmstead, and Brianne Gutmann
The societal implications of technology developed through physics research are not always clear. Physicists need to use ethical reasoning skills to maneuver through morally ambiguous situations. For this reason, curricula for physics students should also be geared towards developing these skills. Research can be found on the effects of structured ethical discussions in similar fields like engineering education, however, little research can be found on their effects in physics education. Our research focuses on how students interpret and apply an ethical framework to discussions about the development of the atomic bomb and to current STEM research. Our preliminary analysis shows that students conflate certain ethical principles and/or avoid their negative implications, which in turn leads to a misapplication of the principles. However, students also demonstrate a range of productive approaches to applying these ethical principles which contribute to the development of strong ethical arguments.
Physics Education Research Conference 2019
Part of the PER Conference series
Provo, UT: July 24-25, 2019
Pages 423-428
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E. Ochoa-Madrid, A. Olmstead, and B. Gutmann, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15312&DocID=5224).
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E. Ochoa-Madrid, A. Olmstead, and B. Gutmann, Characterizing physics students’ ethical reasoning after a unit on the development of the atomic bomb, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15312&DocID=5224>.
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Ochoa-Madrid, E., Olmstead, A., & Gutmann, B. (2019, July 24-25). Characterizing physics students’ ethical reasoning after a unit on the development of the atomic bomb. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT. Retrieved October 17, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15312&DocID=5224
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Ochoa-Madrid, E, A. Olmstead, and B. Gutmann. "Characterizing physics students’ ethical reasoning after a unit on the development of the atomic bomb." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, July 24-25, 2019. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15312&DocID=5224 (accessed 17 October 2021).
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Ochoa-Madrid, Egla, Alice R. Olmstead, and Brianne Gutmann. "Characterizing physics students’ ethical reasoning after a unit on the development of the atomic bomb." Physics Education Research Conference 2019. Provo, UT: 2019. 423-428 of PER Conference. 17 Oct. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15312&DocID=5224>.
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