ERIC Number: EJ1083320
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
An Ethical Exercise for the Social Studies Classroom: The Trolley Dilemma
Lennon, Sean M.; Byford, Jeffrey M.; Cox, J. T.
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v88 n6 p178-181 2015
The Trolley Problem as defined in this paper is a series, or continuation, of increasingly difficult ethical riddles successfully implemented in a classroom environment to spur complex, critical thinking and dialogue. The activity is designed upon the scenario of a runaway train with different and challenging choices, segueing neatly into group discussions of ethics while limiting potential disruptions or controversies. It fits nicely with multiple standards, goals and/or outcomes and can be accommodated to multiple grade levels and courses. It is a powerful, yet easily implemented classroom exercise for educators to develop higher order thinking and dialogue for their students.
Descriptors: Ethics, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Critical Thinking, Moral Values, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Transportation, Undergraduate Study, Graduate Study, High Schools, Advanced Placement Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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