ERIC Number: ED272837
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Philosophical Perspective on Teaching Ethics to Undergraduate Psychology Majors.
Carroll, Mary Ann
The disadvantages of trying to deal with ethical issues as they arise in relevant undergraduate courses are outweighed by the advantages of devoting an entire course to such issues. Undergraduate students typically oversimplify moral problems and they also tend to have difficulty articulating their reasons for making the moral judgments that they make. Therefore they need to develop the skills of: (1) thinking carefully about those facts of a case that have direct bearing on a moral judgment; (2) learning to ask relevant questions; (3) articulating the basis for their ethical decisions; and (4) testing those decisions for consistency. But students cannot adequately develop such skills while at the same time trying to learn all the necessary factual content of a particular area in psychology; hence a separate course devoted to moral reasoning is necessary. The best method of helping students develop these skills is to take a case studies approach, using cases that are directly relevant to psychology. In doing so, students will not only be forced to think about some moral problems that a psychologist must often face but they will also be introduced to theoretical and conceptual considerations. (An illustration of this method is provided.) (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (94th, Washington, DC, August 22-26, 1986).