High School Ethics Bowls
Interested in starting up an ethics bowl team at your school? Check out these resources.
If you are in the Chicago area and are interested in starting up at team, please contact Kelly Laas (laas[at]iit.edu) for more information.
About the Ethics Bowl
Frequenty Asked Questions
Put together by the Parr Center for Ethics, this page gives a concise overview of what the ethics bowl is and why high schools might wish to participate in an ethics bowl competition.
Ethics Bowl Overview
A brief history of the development of the ethics bowl, its format, and its educational value.
Ladenson, Robert. "The Educational Significance of the Ethics Bowl" Teaching Ethics 1.1 (2001): 63-78.
This is an excellent article discussing in detail the development of the ethics bowl and what students take away from participating in an ethics bowl competition.
Planning a School or Multi-School Ethics Bowl Competition
PLATO (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization) - Forming an Ethics Bowl Team
This page gives a detailed explanation of what is needed to begin a high school ethics bowl competition. Also available is a full guide including example rules, answers to frequently asked questions, and tips for coaching students written by Matt Deaton, Tennessee University Philosophy Department.
Also see the Parr Center for Ethics Resources for New Teams
Model Rules for a High School Ethics Bowl Competition
Judges Training Video
This video, developed for the APPE Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, discusses how judges should score an ethics bowl competition. The video itself show the final match from an actual ethics bowl competition between college students.
Video of an Ethics Bowl Competition
A video of a high school match put together for the Squire Family Foundation who is a large supporter of high school ethics bowls. This video was put together by Molloy College in 2011.
In Class Ethics Bowl
A short guide for how to go about organizing an in-class ethics bowl for a philosophy, sociology, history or almost any other type of high school course where ethical issues are discussed.
Sources for Case Studies
Case Study Archive
A collection of hundreds of case studies used in the APPE Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.
Ethics Education Library
A database of resources on teaching ethics. Includes a collection of 1,500 different case studies searchable by discipline, subject, and keyword. Includes all cases developed for the APPE Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, as well as other ethics bowl competitions.
Hoffberger Center Baltimore High School Ethics Bowl
APPE Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl
The official web site for the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl sponsored by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. Many of the rules used in high school ethics bowls are modeled off of the official APPE Ethics Bowl rules, and their web site also includes a collection of case studies used in past competitions.
For more information, or to be put in contact with other interested in setting up an ethics bowl competition in the Chicago area, please contact:
Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions
Illinois Institute of Technology