ERIC Number: ED450438
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
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Advancing Kohlberg through Codes: Using Professional Codes To Reach the Moral Reasoning Objective in Undergraduate Ethics Courses.
Whitehouse, Ginny; Ingram, Michael T.
The development of moral reasoning as a key course objective in undergraduate communication ethics classes can be accomplished by the critical and deliberate introduction of professional codes of ethics and the internalization of values found in those codes. Notably, "fostering moral reasoning skills" and "surveying current ethical practice" were the most commonly identified ethics course objectives in a study by Lambeth, Christians, and Cole (1994). Internalization occurs, in part, when students are able to examine, clarify, and articulate how the code is incorporated into their own values systems. Pedagogical studies of undergraduate business students revealed that systematic and repeated exposure to ethics codes improves moral reasoning abilities. This paper analyzes Lawrence Kohlberg's model of moral development, particularly concerning its appropriate use in ethics classes. Second, the paper reviews and considers the relevant literature. Finally, it advances four pedagogical principles for using ethics codes in the classroom to promote the course objective of improved moral reasoning. (Contains 37 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Kohlberg Moral Judgment Interview