Every year in this country, some 10,000 college and university courses are taught in applied ethics. And many professional organizations now have their own codes of ethics. Yet social science has had little impact upon applied ethics. This book promises to change that trend by illustrating how social science can make a contribution to applied ethics.

The text reports psychological studies relevant to applied ethics for many professionals, including accountants, college students and teachers, counselors, dentists, doctors, journalists, nurses, school teachers, athletes, and veterinarians. Each chapter begins with the research base of the cognitive-developmental approach--especially linked to Kohlberg and Rest's Defining Issues Test. Finally, the book summarizes recent research on the following issues:
* moral judgment scores within and between professions,
* pre- and post-test evaluations of ethics education programs,
* moral judgment and moral behavior,
* models of professional ethics education, and
* models for developing new assessment tools.

Researchers in different professional fields investigate different questions, develop different research strategies, and report different findings. Typically researchers of one professional field are not aware of research in other fields. An important aim of the present book is to bring this diverse research together so that cross-fertilization can occur and ideas from one field can transfer to another.

chapter 1|26 pages

Background: Theory and Research

ByJames R. Rest

chapter 3|20 pages

Education for Ethical Nursing Practice

ByLaura J. Duckett, Muriel B. Ryden

chapter 4|14 pages

School Teachers’ Moral Reasoning

ByFon-Yean Chang

chapter 5|16 pages

Counseling and Social Role Taking: Promoting Moral and Ego Development

Byand Ego Development Norman A.Sprinthall

chapter 6|20 pages

Ethical Reasoning Research in the Accounting and Auditing Professions

ByLawrence A. Ponemon, David R. L. Gabhart

chapter 7|26 pages

Influencing the Moral Dimensions of Dental Practice

ByMuriel J. Bebeau

chapter 8|16 pages

Moral Reasoning in Medicine

ByDonnie J.Self and DeWitt C.Baldwin, Jr

chapter 9|10 pages

Moral Reasoning in Veterinary Medicine

ByDonnie J.Self, Margie Olivarez, and DeWitt C.Baldwin, Jr

chapter 10|16 pages

Applied Ethics and Moral Reasoning in Sport

ByBrenda Jo Light Bredemeier, David Lyle Light Shields

chapter 12|14 pages

Moral Judgments and Moral Action

ByStephen Thoma

chapter 13|12 pages

Summary: What’s Possible?

ByJames R. Rest, Darcia Narváez