Teaching Ethics

Individuals who have obtained an advanced degree and become members of the academic profession have the responsibility to educate and nurture students, and teaching ethics is an essential component of higher education. Ethics is the moral code that governs a person’s behavior or a group’s activity. This entry provides an overview of what it means to teach ethics and instill ethical reasoning in students, exploring the origins and importance of ethics and ethical reasoning in higher education as well as related pedagogical approaches.


Since the time of Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle, the goals of higher education have been philosophically debated. These three philosophers aspired for individuals to better themselves and believed that education was the answer to developing and advancing humankind. The lofty goal for higher ...

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