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Abstract Title: Examining Students Views on Ethics and the Atomic Bomb
Abstract: 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 listens in on student conversations in a Modern Physics class at Texas State University as they are asked to discuss the ethics of the atomic bomb development over several weeks. We present themes found in students' reasoning during this unit. Our preliminary analysis shows how students both learn to better support their already established opinions and struggle to see different points of view.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: A22
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Egla Ochoa-Madrid
Texas State University Physics Department
1701 Mill Street Apt. 42103`
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone: 5164341298
and Co-Presenter(s)
Dr. Alice Olmstead

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