ERIC Number: ED316136
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Responsibility in Professional Life.
Carr, David L.
Responding to increasing concern about the ethical behavior of professionals, St. Cloud State University (in Minnesota) launched a program in 1986 that is a multidisciplinary effort to integrate material on professional ethics throughout the university at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The program has attracted 30 faculty members from 24 disciplines. The approach taken involves four central elements: (1) a faculty ethics seminar; (2) introduction of topics into existing courses and development of new courses; (3) working with practitioners to develop case studies as the focus of classroom activity; and (4) development of an all-university seminar to provide more advanced work and bring together professionals from a variety of areas to consider the common nature of ethical dilemmas. These elements have been successful in preparing faculty from professional disciplines to integrate ethics into traditional courses, developing realistic case studies that have stimulated student interest in professional ethics, and developing an action-oriented, ethical analysis strategy for students to follow in confronting ethical dilemmas. The approach may represent a new model for integrating professional and liberal arts education, one in which introductory exposure is provided in the context of professional training and followed up by an in-depth exploration in a traditional liberal arts course. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Curriculum Development, Demonstration Programs, Ethics, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Liberal Arts, Models, Moral Values, Professional Education, Professional Occupations, Program Descriptions, Seminars, State Universities, Teacher Responsibility, Teacher Role, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Saint Cloud State Univ., MN.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.