ERIC Number: ED423354
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Increasing Ethical Sensitivity to Racial and Gender Intolerance in Schools: Development of the REST (Racial Ethical Sensitivity Test).
Brabeck, Mary M.; McCubbin, Laurie; Rogers, Lauren A.; Ting, Kathleen; Warner, Chris; Sirin, Selcuk; Weaver, Monica
An effort to develop a measure of ethical sensitivity to acts of racial and gender intolerance that occur in school settings is described. The rationale and theory on which the instrument is based is derived from the work of J. Rest (1983) that outlines four psychological components of morality: (1) ethical sensitivity; (2) moral judgment; (3) moral motivation; and (4) moral action. The goal of the development effort was to present videos containing ethical dilemmas that an educator might encounter in a professional situation. Three focus groups, primarily female African American or Latin American students, and a playwright helped develop the scenarios. An interview protocol was developed from a semi-structured interview used in the Dental Ethical Sensitivity Test (M. Bebeau and J. Rest, 1982). A pilot study was conducted with eight female and one male graduate students who saw the scenarios and responded to the interview protocol. In all, 24 interview protocols were transcribed to help develop a scoring manual. Comparisons of ethical codes from some professional organizations are presented for various aspects of ethical behavior. (Contains 2 tables and 15 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Philip Morris Inc., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A