ERIC Number: EJ817935
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Ethics Perception: Does Teaching Make a Difference?
Nguyen, Nhung T.; Basuray, M. Tom; Smith, William P.; Kopka, Donald; McCulloh, Donald N.
Journal of Education for Business, v84 n2 p66-75 Nov-Dec 2008
The present study examined student learning in business ethics, particularly ethical judgment, using R. E. Reidenbach and D. P. Robin's (1990) Multidimensional Ethics Scale (MES). The authors asked 262 undergraduate students to provide ethical judgment rating, first at the beginning of the semester and again at the end of the semester. Students judged 3 moral issues in the MES--labeled "sales", "auto", and "retail"--using 3 ethics theories: moral equity, relativism, and contractualism. Ethics learning was only significant in contractualism ethics for the auto scenario. Further, ethics learning significantly predicted ethical behavioral intent, supporting A. Bandura's (1986) social cognitive theory. The authors provide theoretical and practical implications based on the study's findings. (Contains 1 note, 3 tables, and 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Ethics, Business Administration Education, Undergraduate Students, Moral Issues, Evaluative Thinking, Measures (Individuals), Ethical Instruction, Decision Making, Outcomes of Education, Theories
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