Department     College of Asia Pacific Studies
   Position   Professor
Language English
Publication Date 2010/07
Type Research paper (Academic/Professional Journal)
Peer Review Peer reviewed
Title Bioethics Core Curriculum Trials in Japan:
Teaching of Bioethics to Undergraduate Students in an International/Multicultural University in Japan
Contribution Type First author
Journal Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics (EJAIB)
Volume, Issue, Page Vol 20(4),pp.124-125
Details In the current study, for evaluation of the results of teaching to these two groups of students and a comparison of the learning objectives achieved, a short questionnaire was given to all students who finished the course and took up the written examination at the end of the bioethics course. In the whole, 454 students, (225 in group A and 229 in group B) took the examination from whom 429 (218 in group 1 and 211 in group 2) responded to the questionnaire. The questionnaire asked them what was the most interesting bioethical issue they learned during the course, why they believed that was important, and what they learned about it. The results of the questionnaire have been examined and compared to evaluate the level of success of the ―bioethics course‖ in familiarizing the students with bioethical issues, and the impact of adding the ―Core Curriculum‖ and the universal principles of bioethics and human rights, on the learning objectives attained. Moreover, for teaching purposes, we attempted to identify a set of bioethical issues which are especially attractive to undergraduate students in multicultural environments; it is hoped that the results will help improve the teaching quality, and the learning by the students of the principles laid in the ―Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights‖.
ISSN 1173-2571