ERIC Number: ED426433
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
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Experiential Teacher as Ethicist: A Case Study in Teaching Research Methods.
Coumbe, Matthew J.; Sellnow, Timothy L.
The objective of a graduate course at North Dakota State University was to move students beyond a prescriptive approach for conducting qualitative research to a holistic consideration of the ethical dimensions involved in qualitative methods. Successive discussions allowed students the opportunity to fully consider ethics in a multi-faceted framework, rather than relegate ethics to a superimposed criterion. The team-taught graduate seminar focused on three elements: a survey of qualitative methods for analyzing organizational communication; an experiential learning project involving a communication audit at a large hospital; and a detailed discussion of ethical considerations in organizational communication. This multi-faceted approach enabled the teaching of methodologies in an applied dimension; the applied nature made ethics an integral component of the students' learning. A discussion of ethical concepts and issues was a major component of every class session. Students were required to discuss the ethics surrounding each decision they made when selecting and applying the research methods they used in the hospital audit. Students were asked to defend the ethics of their decisions in a final paper and two exams. Ultimately, the students were able to compose and present a detailed and conscientious communication to the senior management of the hospital. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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