Survey of Science Teachers and Students’ Opinions on Learning Ethics in a Science Classroom

By Washirasorn Saengsuwan, Manat Boonprakob, Somson Wongyounoi and Sirinoot Teanrungroj.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The purpose of this study was to collect the preliminary data on teachers’ and students’ opinions on learning ethics in a science classroom. This study is a cross-sectional survey research and mailed questionnaires were used to collect data. The questionnaires used in this study consisted of four major parts.The two sample groups were 107 science teachers from Mahidol Wittayanusorn School and Princess Chulabhorn’s College and 288 grade 10 science students from Mahidol Witta- yanusorn School and Princess Chulabhorn’s College.
The survey showed that 37.9 percent of students rated their level of understanding of ethics in science as high or very high. That ethics in science is important was rated high or very high by 92.7 percent of students. In addition, 66.3 percent thought that they are interested in studying ethics in science. More importantly, both teachers and students agreed that there should be an academic requirement of learning ethics for all science students by incorporating or integrating in a regular science class rather than in a class with a specific science and ethics focus.
Hybrid learning, which is the combination of face-to-face and web-based learning, can be an appropriate pedagogical method of learning ethics in science. The findings will be used to design suitable pedagogical methods of learning ethics in science in the second phase of the study. These methods will be implemented in a grade 10 science class at Mahidol Wittayanusorn School and will eventually be offered for use of other schools in Thailand.

Keywords: Ethics in Science, Science Teachers, Science Students, Hybrid Learning

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 11, pp.325-336. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.394MB).

Dr. Washirasorn Saengsuwan

Science Education Center, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand

Washirasorn Saengsuwan is an Ed.D candidate in science education at Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand. He holds a BA in chemistry from Thaksin University, Songkhla, Thailand. He is currently teaching at Mahidol Wittayanusorn School, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. His specific research interests are ethics in science, ethics education, hybrid learning and inquiry-based learning.

Manat Boonprakob

Acting Sub. Lt. Dr (Retired professor), Behavior Science Research Institute, Srinakharinwirot University, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand

Manat Boonprakob is a retired government officer. His research interests focus on educational innovation and curriculum research & development.

Dr. Somson Wongyounoi

Associate Professor, Educational and Psychological Test Bureau, Srinakharinwirot University, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand

Somson Wongyounoi is associate professor of the Educational and Psychological Test Bureau, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand. His fields of specialization are measurement and evaluation and curriculum research & development.

Dr. Sirinoot Teanrungroj

Assistant Professor, Computer Center, Srinakharinwirot University, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand

Sirinoot Teanrungroj is assistant professor of the Computer Center, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand, with special emphases on IT management, education and database system.

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