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Improving Moral Reasoning among College Students: A Game-Based Learning Approach
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Interactive Learning Environments Volume 26, Number 5, ISSN 1049-4820

Abstract

Considering a company's limited time and resources, an effective training method that improves employees' ability to make ethical decision is needed. Based on social cognitive theory, this study proposes that employing games in an ethics training program can help improve moral reasoning through actively engaging learners. The experimental design with an ethic board game as the experimental group and ethics instructions as the comparison group was conducted to examine the effectiveness of a game-based ethic training method on improving moral reasoning. Results show that using games in an ethics training program significantly decreases respondents' importance rating on issues associated with lower stages of an individual's cognitive moral development (CMD) and increases their importance rating on issues associated with the highest stage of CMD. In addition, a game-based ethics training program was found to produce significantly greater change on the importance rating towards issues associated with the middle stage of CMD than a non-game based ethics training program. These findings suggest that a game-based ethics training program could effectively develop moral reasoning, and shape moral views better than a non-game-based training program. Discussions and suggestions for future research were included to conclude this study.

Citation

Huang, W. & Ho, J.C. (2018). Improving Moral Reasoning among College Students: A Game-Based Learning Approach. Interactive Learning Environments, 26(5), 583-596. Retrieved January 28, 2020 from .

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