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Moral Education

Though we might agree that it is a good idea to “teach ethics” to our students, it is clear neither what sort of moral education is appropriate for college students, nor how we should go about teaching ethics.  How, then, should we introduce this subject matter in our classrooms?  

In some cases the answer is simple: giving students opportunities to think through ethical dilemmas appears to result in continual moral maturity along generally accepted metrics.  But improved moral maturity does not guarantee morally better action.  Neither does the simple correlation between moral deliberation and increased moral maturity tell us much about how to actually get students to engage in moral deliberation in a classroom setting.  

The articles in this section focus on the practical and theoretical issues that arise in the course of teaching ethics.  These include:

  • The goals we should strive for in moral education
  • Whether certain moral education practices are effective
  • How ethics lessons and models might be taught
  • How to use what we know about the psychological processes of moral development to improve moral education.

Teaching Ethics in Communication Courses: An Investigation of Instructional Methods, Course Foci, and Student Outcomes
Heather Canary Communication Education, Vol. 56,(2007), pp. 193-208

Incorporating Ethics in Classroom Science Lesson Plans
By the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Research

Medical students’ perceptions of their ethics teaching
Carolyn Johnston and Peter Haughton Journal of Medical Ethics, Vol. 33,(2007), pp. 418-422

Application and Assessment of an Ethics Presentation for Accounting and Business Classes
Smith, L., Smith Katherine, and Mulig Elizabeth Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 61:2,(2005), pp. 153 - 164

Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Mass Media Ethics Course
Lee, Byung and Padgett George Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, Vol. 55,(2000), pp. 27-39

An Analysis of Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Identity and Ethics Teaching in Business Schools
Cornelius, Nelarine, Wallace James, and Tassabehji Rana Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 76,(2007), pp. 117-135

Ethics Instruction Increases Graduate Students' Responsible Conduct of Research Knowledge but not Moral Reasoning
Schmaling, Karen B., and Blume Arthur W.Accountability in Research: Policies & Quality Assurance, Vol. 16:5,(2009), pp. 268-283

Making the Rounds : The Ethical Development of Medical Students in the Context of Clinical Rotationss
Feudtner, Chris and Christakis Dmitri A. Hastings Center Report, Vol. 24,(1994), pp. 6-12
Strohmetz, David B. Teaching of Psychology, Vol. 19:2,(1992)

Beyond the Promise: A Perspective on Research in Moral Education
Muriel J. Bebeau, James R. Rest, Darcia Narvaez Educational Researcher, Vol. 28, No. 4, (May, 1999), pp. 18-26

Frameworks for Teaching and Learning Business Ethics within the Global Context: Background of Ethical Theories

Judith White and Susan Taft, Journal of Management Education  2004; 28; 463

Teaching the Interactionist Model of Ethics: Two Brief Case Studies
Edward C. Tomlinson, Journal of Management Education, 2009; 33; 142

Does Moral Education Improve Moral Judgment? A Meta-Analysis of Intervention Studies Using the Defining Issues Test
Andre Schlaefli, James R. Rest, Stephen J. Thoma
Review of Educational Research, Vol. 55, No. 3, (Autumn, 1985), pp. 319-352

Educating for Personal & Social Responsibility: A Review of the Literature  Lynn E Swaner.
Liberal Education. Washington: Summer 2005. Vol. 91, Iss. 3/4;

An Exploration into the Developmental Psychology of Ethical Theory with Implications for Business Practice and Pedagogy
Neil Brady, David Hart
Journal of Business Ethics (2007) 76:397–412
Goals of Applied Ethics Courses
Paul F. Camenisch
The Journal of Higher Education, Vol. 57, No. 5, (Sep. - Oct., 1986), pp. 493-509

Methodology and Moral Education
John Wilson
Oxford Review of Education, Vol. 26, No. 2 (Jun., 2000), pp. 255-262

Moral Reasoning of Students in Different Cultural, Social, and Educaitonal Settings
Miriam Bar-Yam, Lawrence Kohlberg, Algiris Naame
American Journal of Education, Vol. 88, No. 3 (May, 1980), pp. 345-362

Education: Keystone of Apartheid
Walton R. Johnson
Anthropology & Education Quarterly, Vol. 13, No. 3, African Education and Social Stratification (Autumn, 1982), pp. 214-237

A Psychologist Looks at the Teaching of Ethics
James R. Rest
The Hastings Center Report, Vol. 12, No. 1, (Feb., 1982), pp. 29-36
Socrates, Discussion and Moral Education
Ron B. Rembert
International Review of Education Vol. 41, No. 1/2, Moral Education (1995), pp. 97-108

Preparing IS Students to Deal with Ethical Issues
J. Daniel Couger
MIS Quarterly, Vol. 13, No. 2, (Jun., 1989), pp. 211-218

The Influence of Collegiate and Corporate Codes of Conduct on Ethics-Related Behavior in the Workplace
Donald L. McCabe, Linda Klebe Trevino, Kenneth D. Butterfield
Business Ethics Quarterly, Vol. 6, No. 4 (Oct, 1996) pp. 461-476

The Role of the Teacher in Moral Education
Diana Pritchard Paolitto
Theory into Practice, Vol. 16, No. 2, Moral Development, (Apr., 1977), pp. 73-80

Tradition and Integrity in Moral Education
Eamonn Callan
American Journal of Education, Vol. 101, No. 1 (Nov., 1992), pp. 1-28
Values Acquisition and Values Education: Some Proposals
Peter Silcock and Diane Duncan
British Journal of Educational Studies, Vol. 49, No. 3 (Sep., 2001), pp. 242-259
Reasons, Values and Community in Moral Education
Colin Wringe
British Journal of Educational Studies, Vol. 46, No. 3 (Sep., 1998), pp. 278-288

Values and Further Education
John Halliday
British Journal of Educational Studies, Vol. 44, No. 1 (Mar., 1996), pp. 66-81

Business ethics teaching for effective learning
Roland R Sims - Teaching Business Ethics, 2002

Using Live Cases to Teach Ethics

Victoria McWilliams, Afsaneh Nahavandi
Journal of Business Ethics. Dordrecht: Sep 2006. Vol. 67, Iss. 4; p. 421

Fostering ethical marketing decisions
Journal of Business Ethics Volume 10, Number 4 / April, 1991
Gene R. Laczniak1 and Patrick E. Murphy