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Medical Research and Your Future

Author: Sara Patricia Chavarria



Time: 2 class periods
Preparation
Time:
Examples of websites or newspaper articles to illustrate content search.
Materials: 8 _ by 11 sheets
internet access

 


Abstract
In this apply lesson, students are asked to investigate current and sometimes controversial medical research in order to address what medical breakthroughs potentially exist in their futures. Students will investigate in pairs and present both the pros and cons of the medical research they locate using on-line resources or newspapers.

Objectives
Students will be able to:
i. Create small posters on 8 _ by 11 sheets detailing their support or rejection of a new medical research study that they will have investigated through internet and newspaper article research.
ii. Orally present their research stance in 1 minute increments while displaying their posters.

National Council for History in the Schools:
Historical Thinking Standards

  • Standard 5D: Evaluate alternative courses of action.
  • Standard 5E: Formulate a position or course of action on an issue.

World History Standards

  • Era 9, Standard2: The search for community, stability, and peace in an interdependent world.
    • Standard 2E: The student understands major worldwide scientific and technological trends of the second half of the 20th century.
  • World History across the Eras, Standard 1: Long-term changes and recurring patterns in world history.

Teacher Background

Related and Resource Websites
The following websites can be a starting point for student research

Stem Cells
http://gslc.genetics.utah.edu/units/stemcells/
http://www.newsbatch.com/stemcells.htm
http://www.nature.com/news/infocus/stemcells.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stem_cell
http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/quality-of-life/stemcells/links.html
http://web.archive.org/web/20050217134140/http://www.camradvocacy.org/fastaction/news.asp?id=167

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7420-2004Oct28.html

Cancer Innovations
http://www.news-medical.net/?id=3562
http://www.amrc.org.uk/index.asp?id=13314
http://www.news-medical.net/?keyword=Anti-angiogenesis
http://www.cancerlynx.com/photodynamic.html

Cloning
http://gslc.genetics.utah.edu/units/cloning/whyclone/
http://www.agingresearch.org/clone_qa.cfm
http://www.christopherreeve.org/hopenetwork/hopenetwork.cfm?ID=411&c=53
http://www.mpssociety.org/leg-res-research1.html

 

 

Activity
Day 1
Previously students have explored medical advances developed around the world that have helped them in the past and also in the present; but what do the current medical advances and research hold for tomorrow? How do social values impact medical research?

1. Students will be partnered to conduct an internet search (at school) and newspaper search (at home) to look for ongoing medical research taking place today.

a. Key words to help get them started for their internet search are: clinical trials, innovative medical research, stem cell research, cancer research, cloning research, pharmaceutical testing, etc.
b. Newspaper sections to look at: front page, health and lifestyle sections, science sections, wanted or classifieds (for studies), pharmaceutical ads, and sports science.

2. Students will describe the medical research, where it is taking place, and the purpose of the research.

a. The students will critically review the issues of controversy around this topic and present and summarize one side of the issue.

Day 2
3. Each student is responsible for creating an 8 _ by 11 sheet ‘poster’ in which they communicate their stance through catchy slogans and support their stance with facts, statistics, and imagery.

4. Student research will be presented in pairs to the class in 1 minute ‘bytes’ as they display their ‘posters’.

Closure
Students will reflect and address how this new research could change people’s lives in the present and future.

Homework
Look through newspapers and/or current magazines for articles about current medical research.

Embedded Assessment
Student posters and their compiled research findings can be assessed.


PULSE is a project of the Community Outreach and Education Program of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center and is funded by:


an
NIH/NCRR award #16260-01A1
The Community Outreach and Education Program is part of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center: an NIEHS Award

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