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ERIC Number: EJ873381
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0896-5811
COVER It: A Comprehensive Framework for Guiding Students through Ethical Dilemmas
Mitchell, Jennifer M.; Yordy, Eric D.
Journal of Legal Studies Education, v27 n1 p35-60 Win-Spr 2010
This article describes a model that aims to create a greater ability to recognize the negative aspects of making unethical decisions. To this end, the authors developed an ethical decision-making model to aid students through the process of analyzing these situations--a model that is easy to remember and apply. Through this model, the COVER model, students apply several ethical theories to analyze ethical dilemmas and come to decisions that are well informed and defensible. The COVER model is intended to lead students through a decision-making process. It is a tool to help students recognize and analyze ethical dilemmas. Ultimately, it is designed to help them make better decisions for themselves and their organizations. This article reviews the literature on teaching ethics, including the idea that ethics can be taught and the manner in which ethics should be taught. It looks at recent journal articles proposing ethical teaching tools as well as the treatment of ethics in recent business textbooks, including legal environment and business law texts. This article introduces the COVER model of ethical decision making, using an ethical dilemma from a Legal Environment of Business class as an example throughout. Finally, the article addresses the assessment of the model as a viable and valuable tool for aiding students through the ethical decision-making process in a Business Law or Legal Environment of Business course. (Contains 90 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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