Ethics Education Framed in a Values Perspective: The Hidden Curriculum

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Many educators use established professional codes of ethics as the cornerstone for ethics education. Typically presented in class as a standing document, faculty members have an obligation to take ethics education beyond the presentation of existing documents to encourage critical analysis of the applications of ethics in the athletic training field. The process of socialization - where professional values represented in a code of ethics are internalized - is complex and requires students to fully participate in order to gain the real benefits of ethics education.

Ethical engagement references the different applications of ethics in teaching and learning. A common conflict arising in professional educational programs – such as athletic training - is whose values should be exemplified and how should these be enforced. This illuminates the role of professional socialization and foundational behaviors for professional practice.

Although considerable research exists relative to ethics education in the allied health fields, consensus on the philosophy, purpose and learning strategies has not been reached. What we do know from the literature is that students in professional programs should be able to engage in wise, engaging, imaginative and life-enhancing conversations rooted contextually in the core curriculum in order to promote ethical development in a challenging allied health care profession.

The purpose of this presentation is to present a comprehensive overview of learning strategies related to ethics education with particular emphasis on the versatility of each strategy through active engagement with the audience.


Keywords: Ethics Education, Values Education, Foundational Behaviors of Professional Practice
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Dr. Kimberly Peer

Athletic Training Education Program Coordinator/Assoc Professor, Education, Health and Human Services, Kent State University
Kent, Ohio, USA

Dr. Peer has been in athletic training education since 1988 and currently serves at the ATEP Coordinator at Kent State University. Dr. Peer (and co-author Gretchen Schlabach) has recently published the first book on Professional Ethics in Athletic Training (Elsevier/Mosby). Dr. Peer serves the National Athletic Trainers' Association as an editorial board member of the Journal of Athletic Training and the NATA Research and Education Foundation as a Research Committee member. Additionally, Dr. Peer serves the Board of Certification (BOC) as the Standards Committee chair. Dr. Peer has been recognized by the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association as an Outstanding Educator. Dr. Peer has presented at national, district and state conferences on ethics education and has published extensively in the field.

Dr. Gretchen Schlabach

ATEP Director, Department of Kinesiology, Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, Illinois, USA

Dr. Gretchen Schlabach has presented nationally on ethics education. She has co-authored the only textbook on Professional Ethics in Athletic Training (Elsevier/Mosby). She has served the National Athletic Trainers' Association as the Ethics Committee Chair and serves the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education as an Ethics Committee member. Dr. Schlabach is recognized for her contributions to athletic training education and ethics education as an expert.

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