An Evidence-Based Guide for Ethics Instruction

TitleAn Evidence-Based Guide for Ethics Instruction
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsBebeau, MJ
JournalJournal of Microbiology & Biology Education
Date Published12/2014
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISSN Number1935
AbstractDrawing from multiple sources of evidence, this paper updates previous descriptions (IOM, 2002) of measurement strategies and teaching techniques to promote four theoretically derived abilities thought to be necessary conditions for the responsible conduct of research. Data from three samples (exemplary professionals, professionals disciplined by a licensing board, and graduates who completed an ethics program designed to promote the four interrelated abilities) suggest that development of a moral identity that is consistent with the norms and values of a profession is the driving force that gives rise to ethical sensitivity, ethical reasoning, and ethical implementation. Evidence from the cited studies supports the usefulness of the theoretical model to (a) deconstruct summary judgments about character and see them as abilities that can be assessed and developed; (b) guide the design assessments that are sensitive to the effects of interventions; and (c) augment previous IOM recommendations for the development of meaningful learning activities.