Opinions of Life Sciences teachers on genetically modified foods

  • Johanna G. Ferreira
Keywords: geneties-gewysigde gewasse, wetenskaplike etiek, kontroversi�le kwessies, voedselsekerheid

Abstract

The use of genetically modified crops, especially in countries where poverty is rife, is extremely controversial and can have social, economical and political implications. Life Sciences teachers can address this issue and provide learners and communities with balanced information. However, teaching should not only focus on supplying balanced information, but efforts should also be made to make learners, especially, aware of the nature and impact of genetically modified crops and the development of scientific ethics. The focus then shifts to empowering learners from a broad social background to make well-reasoned decisions through critical and reflective thought. Learners should, therefore, get the opportunity to develop scientific ethics in order to debate various controversial issues such as the use of genetically modified crops. Specific indicators that were identified during interviews with Life Sciences teachers are discussed in this article.

Author Biography

Johanna G. Ferreira
Professor in die�Departement Kurrikulum- en Onderrigstudies
Published
2013-10-22
Section
Original Research: Food