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ERIC Number: EJ839423
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0884-1233
Moving from Professionally Specific Ideals to the Common Morality: Essential Content in Social Work Ethics Education
Bryan, Valerie
Journal of Teaching in Social Work, v26 n3-4 p1-17 Nov 2006
A framework for resolving social work's ethical problems must allow for explicit discussion and justification (Osmo and Landau 2001). As opposed to a preoccupation with what "ought to be," it is argued that "what ought "not"" be" is the more useful question to ask when resolving a moral problem. The University of Kentucky's social work program has adapted an ethical decision-making model proposed by Bernard Gert (1997) that (1) identifies the common harms rational people wish to avoid, (2) specifies the general moral rules by which people abide in order to avoid these harms, (3) recognizes that rules violations do occur and can be justified in particular situations, and (4) provides an explicit justification procedure for violating the moral rules when rational, impartial people would publicly allow such a violation. How this decision-making process unfolds in the classroom and encourages students to develop critical reasoning capabilities is described herein.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky