Case-Based Knowledge and Ethics Education: Improving Learning and Transfer Through Emotionally Rich Cases
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- Thiel, C.E., Connelly, S., Harkrider, L. et al. Sci Eng Ethics (2013) 19: 265. doi:10.1007/s11948-011-9318-7
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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.