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ERIC Number: EJ803581
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0271-0560
Learning from the Codes of the Academic Disciplines
Woody, William D.
New Directions for Higher Education, n142 p39-54 Sum 2008
Ethical questions have long been the impetus for philosophical inquiry around the world. When ethical questions arise in the classroom, during advising or in other academic settings, university and college instructors may appeal to the ethical codes within their own discipline for guidance. The materials presented in this article review teaching-related sections of the professional codes of conduct from five fields of scholarship (history, physics, engineering, nursing, and psychology) and seek common themes that may guide university and college instructors in general approaches to ethical dilemmas as well as specific situations. Despite a breadth of topical areas, the selected ethics codes share common ground, and each addresses appropriate education and training within a discipline. The materials address differences in the approaches of the chosen ethics codes and then explore similarities, particularly those that translate into tangible classroom behaviors for university and college teachers. The article closes with appeals for explicit graduate education in ethics and for instructors to recognize the larger ethical context in which they teach. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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