ERIC Number: ED496212
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr-12
Ethical Learning and the University: Listening to the Voices of Leaders
Maldonado, Nancy; Lacey, Candace H.; Thompson, Steve D.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, Apr 9-13, 2007)
This qualitative study investigated perceptions of contemporary leaders regarding moral and ethical learning and the role of higher education. There were three steps in the data collection procedures: a survey of graduate students, open-ended interviews with the selected leaders, and document content analysis. Participants were asked whether they believed individuals can be educated to be moral and ethical, and if so, how they perceived that this could be achieved. Findings indicated participants believe people can be educated to be moral and ethical. Participants suggested ways that universities might assist students to reach a greater moral potential. Suggestions focused on teaching, the value of service learning, and university courses. Conclusions point to community service and field experiences as vital for moral education and indicate that those who receive a more generalized education--liberal arts--will be better equipped for moral development and leadership than specialists.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A