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Possible competences to be aimed at in ethics education: ethical competences highlighted in educational research journals
Göteborgs universitet, Institutionen för didaktik och pedagogisk profession. (EthiCo project)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9238-7676
Göteborgs universitet, Institutionen för didaktik och pedagogisk profession. (EthiCo project)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1132-6773
Göteborgs universitet, Institutionen för didaktik och pedagogisk preofession. (EthiCo project)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6776-9867
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science. (EthiCo project)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4483-0597
2018 (English)In: Journal of Beliefs and Values, ISSN 1361-7672, E-ISSN 1469-9362, Vol. 39, no 2, p. 195-208Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to present varieties of ethical competence that are highlighted in ethics and moral education research articles, and to discuss them in the light of competences stressed in the Swedish curriculum, understood as an example of ethics education in compulsory school. The material consists of 1,940 educational research articles published between 2000 and 2015, and the method of analysis is inductive, focusing on ethical competence. One finding is the similarity between the study’s tentative formulation of identified ethical competences in four categories, and Rest’s understanding of acting morally, captured in the four components: sensitivity, judgement, motivation and implementation. Based on the analysis of the articles, broader understandings of these focuses are developed, and later discussed in relation to Swedish ethics education, characterised as both a conservative and liberal values education. The analyses and comparison show the importance of the components of moral sensitivity and moral implementation and their relative absence in the Swedish curriculum, but also how moral judgement must include a competence to evaluate moral motivations, where empirically testable reasons are also central. Moreover, the risk of neglecting contextual, situational and knowledge-related aspects of ethical competence is highlighted.

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Routledge, 2018. Vol. 39, no 2, p. 195-208
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ethics, moral, competence, curriculum
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Ethics
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educational work; Ethics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-148609DOI: 10.1080/13617672.2018.1450807OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-148609DiVA, id: diva2:1216192
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Swedish Research Council, Dnr 2014-2030Available from: 2018-06-11 Created: 2018-06-11 Last updated: 2018-06-13Bibliographically approved

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