Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 265–286

Case-Based Knowledge and Ethics Education: Improving Learning and Transfer Through Emotionally Rich Cases

  • Chase E. Thiel
  • Shane Connelly
  • Lauren Harkrider
  • Lynn D. Devenport
  • Zhanna Bagdasarov
  • James F. Johnson
  • Michael D. Mumford
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11948-011-9318-7

Cite this article as:
Thiel, C.E., Connelly, S., Harkrider, L. et al. Sci Eng Ethics (2013) 19: 265. doi:10.1007/s11948-011-9318-7

Abstract

Case-based instruction is a stable feature of ethics education, however, little is known about the attributes of the cases that make them effective. Emotions are an inherent part of ethical decision-making and one source of information actively stored in case-based knowledge, making them an attribute of cases that likely facilitates case-based learning. Emotions also make cases more realistic, an essential component for effective case-based instruction. The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of emotional case content, and complementary socio-relational case content, on case-based knowledge acquisition and transfer on future ethical decision-making tasks. Study findings suggest that emotional case content stimulates retention of cases and facilitates transfer of ethical decision-making principles demonstrated in cases.

Keywords

Case-based knowledge Case-based learning Emotion Ethical decision-making Sensemaking 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Chase E. Thiel
    • 1
  • Shane Connelly
    • 2
  • Lauren Harkrider
    • 1
  • Lynn D. Devenport
    • 1
  • Zhanna Bagdasarov
    • 1
  • James F. Johnson
    • 1
  • Michael D. Mumford
    • 2
  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentUniversity of OklahomaNormanUSA
  2. 2.Center for Applied Social ResearchUniversity of OklahomaNormanUSA