ERIC Number: EJ1082980
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
Communication Ethics in the Communication Curriculum: United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico
Swenson-Lepper, Tammy; Leavitt, Michelle A.; Hoffer, Melba; Charron, Lori N.; Ballard, Robert L.; Bell McManus, Leeanne M.; Holba, Annette M.; Jovanovic, Spoma; Tompkins, Paula S.
Communication Education, v64 n4 p472-490 2015
This study investigated the status of communication ethics pedagogy at colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Data were collected from 193 institutions that responded to an online survey. Results showed an increase in communication ethics courses compared with 19 years ago, with 51% now offering a required or optional course in communication ethics. The most common reason for not offering a stand-alone course was that ethical concerns were included in other classes. Respondents noted a decrease in focus on classical ethical theory and an increase in attention to applied ethics and moral reasoning skills. These findings merit a disciplinary discussion of the perceived tension between the classical philosophical foundations of communication ethics and ethics in practice.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Ethics, Communications, Online Surveys, School Surveys, Curriculum Research, College Programs, Moral Values, Educational Practices, Educational Development, Educational History, Learning Modules, Concept Teaching, Relevance (Education), Teaching Methods, Department Heads, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; Puerto Rico; United States