Whenever a question arises that involves the choice between right or wrong, good or bad, our own or others’ well-being, it is an ethical issue. True ethical thinking is the application of higher-order critical thinking skills, combined with caring thinking skills, to solve problems of a moral nature. But how do you, as a teacher, instil this in your students?Teaching Ethics: Care, Think and Choose is the perfect guide to teaching your own students ethical thinking throughout the school curriculum, through the integration of ethical questions in the teaching of English, society and environment, drama and mathematics. Written by practising classroom teachers, it provides a wealth of practical classroom techniques and explanations of ethical strategies to use with all students.
The process of incorporating moral reasoning and ethical decision-making strategies in your classroom is explained with the Community of Inquiry model, effective questioning and creative thinking, and described with reference to Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy of Cognitive Objectives and Krathwohl’s Taxonomy of Cognitive Objectives. It also incorporates the PMI (Plus, Minus, Interesting) tool and introduces the PAVE (Principles, Agreements, Virtues, End Consequences) moral reasoning strategy, among many other approaches.
Teaching Ethics helps you develop your students’ abilities to identify moral issues, to reason well about moral issues, to make sound moral choices and to communicate effectively within a group. The lessons it teaches will help students in all areas of school, but the results will last a lifetime.