The Impact of an "Ethics Across the Curriculum" Initiative on the Cognitive Moral Development of Business School Undergraduates

TitleThe Impact of an "Ethics Across the Curriculum" Initiative on the Cognitive Moral Development of Business School Undergraduates
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsLoescher, K, Hughes, RW, Cavico, F, Mirabella, J, Pellet, PF
JournalTeaching Ethics: The Journal of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum
Volume5
Issue2
Pagination31-72
Date PublishedSpring 2005
PublisherSociety for Ethics Across the Curriculum
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number15444031
Keywordsbusiness , Ethics Across the Curriculum , Institution-wide Programs
AbstractThis research examines one answer to that question by evaluating an “ethics across the curriculum” program at a small, Catholic university in Texas (referred to as the target university). For the last three years, all business students at this university (whether they have a business major or minor) were exposed to either a didactic and/or an experiential ethical component in each business class. In addition, all students at this university are required to complete as many as four ethically oriented courses. However, non-ethics courses outside of the business school do not uniformly include an ethics component. The goal of this research was to determine whether the additional exposure to moral decision-making concepts in the business school led to a higher level of cognitive moral development (the ability to analyze situations and identify ethical decisions). This study measured the level of moral development of senior business majors and compared them to seniors with non-business majors at the same university and with senior business majors at another university without a defined ethics component in its curriculum. The recently revised Defining Issues Test 2 (Rest, 1979/1999), based on the definitions for cognitive moral development developed by Lawrence Kohlberg (1981), is used to measure the level of cognitive moral development of each group.
URLhttp://www.uvu.edu/ethics/seac/The%20Impact%20of%20an%20EAC%20Initiative%20on%20the%20Cognitive%20Moral%20Development%20of%20Business%20School%20Undergraduates.pdf
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