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Clones, Cats, and Chemicals: Thinking Scientifically About Controversial Issues

Author: Irwin Slesnick

Availability: In Stock

Code: NST0812

ISBN: 9781760010812

No of Pages: 74

Publish date: 08/07/2015

Price: $9.95


If you want students to think – really think – about the science
behind some of today’s toughest controversies, this book will give you both the
facts and the framework to provoke fascinating discussions. Among the questions
it raises:

  • Does
    human cloning present a threat or an opportunity?

  • Do
    common cats constitute a major threat to wildlife?

  • Will
    the development of new chemical and biological weapons deter war or lead to it?

  • Just
    how much effect does violence in the media have on children?

  • Should
    all newborns be genetically screened for diseases?

  • How
    far should we go with stem cell research?

Clones, Cats, and Chemicals challenges students to confront
scientific and social problems that offer few black-and-white choices. They’re
presented as 10 dilemmas from the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, Earth
science, technology and mathematics. Each question is presented as a two-part
unit: concise scientific background and possible alternative resolutions for
the teacher and a reproducible essay, questions and activities to guide
students in debating and decision making.

Resourceful teachers aren’t limited to the topics, background and
activities presented here. Simply follow the format of Clones, Cats, and Chemicals to organise the facts about hot local
issues for your students to investigate. With the help of this provocative
book, you can give students regular opportunities to explore the pros and cons
of difficult decisions.