There are no Answers, Only Choices: Teaching Ethical Decision Making in Social Work

TitleThere are no Answers, Only Choices: Teaching Ethical Decision Making in Social Work
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsGray, M, Gibbons, J
JournalAustralian Social Work
Volume60
Pagination222-238
Publication Languageeng
Keywords& , DECISION , education , ethical , ethics , Frameworks , making , service , SOCIAL , Study , teaching , VALUES , VIRTUE , WORK
AbstractThe author advocates an approach to teaching ethics in social work that helps students recognise the moral implications of their work and develop a deep understanding about ethical issues and their personal responsibility for making ethical choices. The paper describes a learning unit that seeks to teach students about ethical decision making as a critical thinking process and, in so doing, to integrate students' knowledge and experience of values, ethics, policy, and research in the final year of study. The relationship between values, ethics, policy, research, and social work practice provides an ideal context within which students could learn to integrate their knowledge and experience and apply it directly to their fieldwork practice.
NotesGray, Mel 1; Email Address: Mel.Gray@newcastle.edu.au Gibbons, Jill 1; Affiliation: 1: School of Social Sciences, University of Newcastle. New South Wales, Newcastle, Australia; Source Info: Jun2007, Vol. 60 Issue 2, p222; Subject Term: SOCIAL work education; Subject Term: ETHICS; Subject Term: DECISION making; Subject Term: SOCIAL service; Subject Term: VALUES; Subject Term: STUDY & teaching; Author-Supplied Keyword: Ethical Decision Making; Author-Supplied Keyword: Ethical Decision Making Frameworks; Author-Supplied Keyword: Teaching Ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: Virtue Ethics; NAICS/Industry Codes: 624190 Other Individual and Family Services; Number of Pages: 17p; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1080/03124070701323840
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