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Family That Walks on All Fours

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Before Watching

  1. Have students recall people they know or have read or heard about who have coped with physical challenges. What strengths and attributes did these people have that allowed them to successfully cope with their disabilities?

  2. As students watch, assign groups to collect information on different themes presented in the program. Students will use these notes to complete the "Handwalkers Raise Questions" activity. See the activity procedure section on page 2 for a list of suggested themes.


After Watching

  1. Ask students to identify some of the issues that surfaced in the program. (Issues raised included friction between the scientists and some of the Turkish people due to Islam's disbelief in evolution, the family's limited access to medical care, the family's being ostracized by other villagers, and the effect the scientists' visit had on the family.) How did each of these issues impact how the family lived?

  2. Just as medical doctors must adhere to the Hippocratic Oath, scientists worldwide must follow guidelines for professional conduct. Have students research ethical guidelines in fields that deal with human subjects, such as biomedicine, nutrition, and anthropology. Create a list of disciplines and assign each group to research and report on one of them. What are some of the common themes that emerge across all areas of scientific study?

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