Effects of Alternative Outcome Scenarios and Structured Outcome Evaluation on Case-Based Ethics Instruction

TitleEffects of Alternative Outcome Scenarios and Structured Outcome Evaluation on Case-Based Ethics Instruction
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsPeacock, J, Harkrider, LN, Bagdasarov, Z, Connelly, S, Johnson, JF, Thiel, CE, MacDougall, AE, Mumford, MD, Devenport, LD
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Volume19
Issue3
Pagination1283 - 1303
Date Published9/2013
ISSN Number1471-5546
KeywordsCase Study Method , Case-based , ENGINEERING , ethical decision-making , SCIENCE
AbstractCase-based instruction has been regarded by many as a viable alternative to traditional lecture-based education and training. However, little is known about how case-based training techniques impact training effectiveness. This study examined the effects of two such techniques: (a) presentation of alternative outcome scenarios to a case, and (b) conducting a structured outcome evaluation. Consistent with the hypotheses, results indicate that presentation of alternative outcome scenarios reduced knowledge acquisition, reduced sensemaking and ethical decision-making strategy use, and reduced decision ethicality. Conducting a structured outcome evaluation had no impact on these outcomes. Results indicate that those who use case-based instruction should take care to use clear, less complex cases with only a singular outcome if they are seeking these types of outcomes.
DOI10.1007/s11948-012-9402-7
Short TitleSci Eng Ethics
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