ERIC Number: EJ719239
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-1
Reference Count: 26
Changing Moral Judgement in Divinity Students
Bunch, Wilton H.
Journal of Moral Education, v34 n3 p363-370 Sep 2005
Gains in moral judgement, as measured by the Defining Issues Test (DIT), correlate strongly with advancing education. Curricula that are strongly biblically based may not promote, and students with a strong fundamentalist orientation may not demonstrate, such moral growth. Students at an interdenominational, but very conservative seminary, completed the DIT before and after ethics courses conducted in three different formats. Those students who spent 30 hours in small-group discussions of ethical dilemmas improved their moral reasoning scores, while those who had fewer hours of discussion or lectures did not. It would appear that small group discussions, shown to improve moral reasoning scores in other educational settings, are also successful in a strongly biblical environment.
Descriptors: Ethics, Moral Development, Moral Values, Student Attitudes, Theological Education, Masters Programs, Graduate Students, Value Judgment, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Defining Issues Test