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A review of ethics education in healthcare literature and the case for a dialogical pedagogy

Wintrup, Julie (2009) A review of ethics education in healthcare literature and the case for a dialogical pedagogy At 38th Annual Meeting of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia: Dialogue and Difference. 03 - 06 Dec 2009. 18 pp.

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Abstract

In the United Kingdom, as in other countries, the increasing need for care has led to a shift in the dynamics of the workforce. Higher levels of responsibility across all types and grades of worker are now evident. The acquisition of ‘skills’ and a need for increased bureaucratic efficiency are the solutions of policy makers, however insufficient attention has been given to the - arguably more important – new moral responsibilities incumbent on workers who hitherto have not required such a thorough understanding of what informs their ethical judgments and care provision. That this is in a context of reported disengagement, moral strain and a ‘task-focused’ approach, further demonstrates the importance of ethics education that is relevant and appropriate. In this article I shall argue that a dialogical pedagogy is required. In enabling students to critically understand the, often contradictory, emotional, intellectual and practical demands which assert themselves in such complex work, skills-based approaches fall short. The enormous gap between moral theories and the students’ own experiences can lead to confusion, disaffection or more likely the abandonment of theoretical insights altogether. I propose that educators need to embrace the ethical dimensions of their topics in all teaching and learning activities.

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Published date: December 2009
Venue - Dates: 38th Annual Meeting of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia: Dialogue and Difference, 2009-12-03 - 2009-12-06
Keywords: ethics, education, dialogical, health professions

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Local EPrints ID: 69506
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/69506
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Date deposited: 10 Nov 2009
Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 00:12

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