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ERIC Number: EJ1321771
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2022-Feb
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1052-5629
Vygotskian Business Ethics: The Influence of Peers on Moral Reasoning in Business Ethics Education
Ohreen, David; Sundararajan, Binod; Trifts, Valerie; Comber, Scott
Journal of Management Education, v46 n1 p70-105 Feb 2022
The Russian developmental psychologist Lev Vygotsky provides important theoretical underpinnings for an alternative to business ethics pedagogy. Although Vygotsky's constructivist approach has been applied to other disciplines, such as cognitive development, moral development, and network analysis and learning, its application to business ethics education is virtually nonexistent. Vygotsky's focus on language and peer influence provides a novel approach to ethics education. Although many business ethics instructors already use group discussion in their classes, we provide evidence that will reinforce such techniques as a crucial pedagogical method. This study is an exploratory application of Vygotsky's developmental theory to business ethics education. Data were gathered in business ethics and management courses, with experimental and control groups, and analyzed using the Defining Issues Test and thematic-coded journal entries. Results indicated that discussions created a zone of proximal development improving the moral reasoning for most students giving them multiple perspectives and providing support to engage in deliberations and peer dialogue when discussing ethical frameworks, ethical scenarios, and ethical decision making.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Defining Issues Test
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