Virtue, Practical Wisdom and Professional Education considers the role an intervention on character might play in pre- and in-service professional education. The study reports on an intervention that was piloted with 1,456 students from 10 higher education institutions across Great Britain. Participants were either pre- or in-service students in the medical, teaching, or legal professions. The report seeks to extend the Centre’s work in professional ethics and is available to view here.
Summary of Key Findings
- Participation in the interventions resulted in students developing their Virtue Knowledge and Understanding and became more familiar with the theory of virtue ethics;
- Medical students developed their Virtue Reasoning during the intervention and were more likely to give character-based, as opposed to rules- and/or consequence based, reasons for responding in a certain way to an ethical dilemma;
- Participating students and tutors found the intervention to be of high quality and of relevant content that complemented existing programmes of study.