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Pamela Bolotin Joseph
B EDUC 460
Bothell Campus

Moral Dimensions of Education

Explores philosophies of ethics and theories of moral development, focusing on how parents, peers, culture, teachers, and schools influence ethical growth. Examines how schools transmit values, teachers' ethical roles, and moral education content and practices. Incorporates independent learning on topics of interest. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

This course offers a holistic study of the moral dimensions of education focusing on these questions: How do families, peers, cultures, and schools transmit societal values? How can educators create ethical environments in classrooms and schools? How can educators integrate ethical inquiry into the academic curriculum? Course topics include: moral philosophy and ethics as applied to educational practice, theories of moral development and the role of culture, and historical and contemporary approaches to moral education. Students will also pose their own questions and pursue answers through various readings, reflection, activities, and discussion as incorporated into independent studies.

Student learning goals

Explain various concepts of morality and ethics.

Identify various theories of moral development.

Describe how schools and teachers transmit values.

Differentiate various approaches to moral education curricula and practices.

Depict how schools can foster ethical development and create moral communities.

Demonstrate knowledge of an independent study topic relating to the ethical dimensions of education and contribute to the knowledge of others in the class.

General method of instruction

Small group and class discussions, interactive presentations and activities, and films.

Recommended preparation

Students are encouraged to develop questions about the moral dimensions of education that will be explored during the course.

Class assignments and grading

Class contribution, reading discussion & reflection on learning papers, presentation of independent study related to the moral dimensions of education.

A grading rubric in the syllabus will explain requirements for minimally adequate, good, very good, excellent, and outstanding work.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Pamela Bolotin Joseph
Date: 02/15/2013