Teaching Business Ethics

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 393–410

Business Ethics Teaching for Effective Learning

  • Ronald R. Sims


This paper is concerned with answering thequestion: ``How can business ethics be taught tostudents so that effective learning takesplace?'' It is the contention of this paperthat the question is best answered by focusingon six areas important to teaching businessethics: goals, relevancy, experientialpedagogy, classroom climate, debriefing, andoutcomes assessment.

assessment business ethics classroom climate debriefing experiential learning goals relevancy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald R. Sims
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  1. 1.Graduate School of BusinessCollege of William and MaryWilliamsburgUSA

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