The assessment of ethics

Hughes, Clair (2009) The assessment of ethics. International Journal for Educational Integrity, 5 2: 29-38.

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Author Hughes, Clair
Title The assessment of ethics
Journal name International Journal for Educational Integrity   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1833-2595
Publication date 2009-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 5
Issue 2
Start page 29
End page 38
Total pages 10
Editor Helen Marsden
Tracey Bretag
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 130103 Higher Education
130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Abstract That Australian universities value the development of qualities broadly related to ethics is evidenced through their inclusion in institutional statements of graduate attributes (GA). Early GA implementation strategies largely emphasised the mapping of specific attributes against existing programmes or courses. There is now a growing acknowledgement that authentic implementation does not occur unless GAs are embedded in assessment. The assessment of GAs is a problematic and challenging task, a situation attributed partly to difficulties in conceptualising GAs in ways that facilitate their operationalisation in teaching and assessment and partly to inadequacies in the development of assessment strategies and instruments. For many academics, the moral dimension of ethics so intensifies the assessment challenge that they are often not assessed at all. While these difficulties are acknowledged, this paper argues the case for the explicit inclusion of ethics in course teaching and assessment plans and illustrates some of the contexts, including the student university learning experience, in which the development and assessment of ethics can be undertaken.
Keyword assessment
Graduate attributes
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