Claudia Khourey-Bowers

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Teaching, Leadership and Curriculum Studies
Kent State University-Stark Campus

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Activities (4)

Science and Religion part of Cutting Edge:Teaching Methods:Structured Academic Controversy:Examples
Evolution is a fundamental theory of modern geosciences and life sciences, yet it is one of the most controversial issues within science education. The origins of the controversy have both historical and philosophical roots.

Protection of Wolves: Biological Ecosystems and Human Interests part of Cutting Edge:Teaching Methods:Structured Academic Controversy:Examples
After being extirpated from Yellowstone Park and other western habitats in the 1930s, gray wolves were reintroduced during the 1980s. The recovery effort has been so successful that gray wolves may no longer be considered a threatened species and may be subject to unrestricted hunting.

Vaccinations part of Cutting Edge:Teaching Methods:Structured Academic Controversy:Examples
Vaccines have been used for thousands of years to protect against infectious diseases. In historic and contemporary society, there have been mixed perspectives on the value of vaccines. The medical community, especially those in public health, supports the widespread use of vaccines. Other communities oppose mandatory use on the basis of potential risk factors, philosophical, or moral reasons. Do vaccines provide benefits to individuals and to society that outweigh possible medical risks? Should vaccines be mandatory or should individuals have the right to choose to opt out of vaccinations based on philosophical or moral grounds?

Animal Rights and Welfare part of Cutting Edge:Teaching Methods:Structured Academic Controversy:Examples
The relationship of animals and humans has been the subject of differing philosophical views for thousands of years. The controversy continues today in many aspects of contemporary life. Some people believe that a vegan lifestyle is the only moral choice. Others believe that humans should treat animals "humanely," but can use animals and animal products at will, including for biomedical or other scientific research. Others believe that humans have no moral responsibilities for animals and are free to treat animals as they want. Advocates of animal rights believe that animals have legal rights and are members of the moral community. As such, animals should not be used by humans for any purpose. Advocates of animal welfare believe that non-human animals should be treated humanely and without unnecessary suffering, but otherwise are available for humans to use for food, clothing, research, and entertainment.


Claudia Khourey-Bowers part of Cutting Edge:Affective Domain:Workshop 07:Workshop Participants
Department of Teaching, Leadership and Curriculum Studies, Kent State University - Stark Homepage What are the key issues related to the role of the affective domain in teaching geoscience that you would like to ...

Other Contributions (2)

Climate Change part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Structured Academic Controversy:Examples
Climate change, accepted by most scientists as a combination of natural and anthropogenic factors, has far-reaching implications for ecological systems, human practices, and economic development. What role can or should international and national policies play in mitigating climate change? What is the trade-off between economic development and ecological stability?

Structured Academic Controversy part of Cutting Edge:Teaching Methods:Structured Academic Controversy
Developed by Claudia Khourey-Bowers, Kent State University What is Structured Academic Controversy? A Structured Academic Controversy (SAC) is a type of cooperative learning strategy in which small teams of ...

Events and Communities

Affective Domain 2007 Participants: Presenter