The Confluence Effect of Policy, Mental Models, and Ethics on Individual Behavior

  • Shirley A. Dawson
  • Vicki S. Napper
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The study of how people learn and behave has changed significantly. Current educational practices are built on the foundations of a variety of behavioral theories and stage development theories that have evolved into practices based on cognitive learning theory. The individual is now the application focus of educational planning. However, development of policy and codes of ethical conduct are not based on how people construct their behavior but rather still reflect group or organizational thinking to control behavior. This chapter reviews types of policy development, development of mental models, and how those models may define behavior. It also presents possible research areas to help understand the interaction between individual mental models and development of policy and codes of ethics.


Policy Code of ethics Ethical behavior Mental model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Education, Department of Teacher EducationWeber State UniversityOgdenUSA

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