ERIC Number: ED235756
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct-14
Reference Count: 0
The Responsibility of Colleges and Universities for Building Ethical and Moral Character in Their Students.
Perlman, Daniel H.
The role of the college or university in facilitating the ethical and moral development of college students is addressed. The views of Kohlberg, Perry, and others who have studied ethical and moral development are briefly reviewed. These psychologists suggest that there is a hierarchy or continuum for the development of moral reasoning. Colleges and universities may also be viewed as representing a continuum, with some having an orthodox view of right and wrong, and others being more concerned about expanding the horizons of their students and providing them an opportunity to develop an ability to make reasoned ethical decisions. Higher education institutions see their roles and responsibilities for the ethical and moral development of their students in different ways depending on the institution's mission and character. To help students learn to raise questions and to examine moral issues, the faculty and administration may wish to take thoughtful and examined stands on moral and ethical issues and engage in open discussion and deliberation about difficult moral problems. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Council on Education (65th, Minneapolis, MN, October 14, 1982).