Recognition of Moral Issues: Moral Awareness and Ethical Predispositions (Reynolds, 2006)

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Reference Title: Moral Awareness and Ethical Predispositions: Investigating the Role of Individual Differences in the Recognition of Moral Issues (Reynolds, 2006)
Author: Reynolds, S. J.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Publication Date: 2006
Course Level: Advanced
Credits: 1
Price: $10.00
About This Course: Presents a review of the literature concerning moral awareness and ethical predispositions, and reports studies designed to test several hypotheses. The author offers some implications for the practice of moral awareness in organizations.
  1. Overview of this CE Home-Study Program
  2. Information About the Course
    1. Educational Objectives
    2. Target Audience
    3. Schedule
    4. Cost and Refund/Cancellation Policy
    5. Author Credentials
    6. Number of CE Credits Offered
    7. Location and Format
    8. Detailed Description of Program Material
  3. Conflict of Interest Statement

1. Overview of this CE program (top)

This home study course entails the independent study of the journal article "Moral Awareness and Ethical Predispositions: Investigating the Role of Individual Differences in the Recognition of Moral Issues" (Reynolds, 2006), followed by the completion of a multiple-choice test on-line. PParticipants who receive a passing grade of 75% or higher on the test will receive 1 CE credit. Failing participants may retake the test as often as they wish at no additional charge, and receive CE credit when they do pass.

A copy of the journal article for this course is available at thiswebsite, where you may purchase a copy of the journal article for about $12.

More detailed information on the content of this article is given in section 2h below.

APR Testing Services is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. APR Testing Services maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

2.a Educational Objectives (top)

Upon completion of this home study program, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the different approaches used by the authors in collecting and analyzing data.
  2. Identify key issues regarding the ethical predispositions of individuals.
  3. Identify the different ways to enhance moral awareness in organizations.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics of moral issues.

2.b Target Audience (top)

This CE program is intended for psychologists who hold a doctoral degree. The course may be taken by other interested professionals (e.g.,senior human resource executives and consultants; upper-level managers).

2.c Schedule (top)

Access to program registration and post-test is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

2.d Cost and Refund/Cancellation Policy (top)

The fee for this home-study program is $10, which is $10 per CE credit. The fee is fully refundable for 60 days or until the post-test is taken, whichever comes first.

A copy of the journal article for this course is available at this website, where you may purchase a copy of the journal article for about $12.

2.e Author Credentials (top)

Dr. Scott J. Reynolds, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Business Ethics at the Department of Management and Organization of the University of Washington Business School. He has authored a number of articles and papers examining the effect of morals and ethics on decision-making in groups and individuals.

2.f Number of CE Credits Offered (top)

Participants who complete this course by taking and passing the multiple-choice test will receive 1 CE credit.

2.g Location and Format (top)

This activity requires independent home-based study of a journal article (Reynolds, 2006). Following completion of the reading material, participants complete an Internet-based multiple-choice post-test on the article content.

2.h Detailed Description of Program Material (top)

Publication citation:

Reynolds, S.J. (2006). Moral Awareness and Ethical Predispositions: Investigating the Role of Individual Differences in the Recognition of Moral Issues. Journal of Applied Psychology, 91, 233-243.

Article abstract:

The impact of the role of individual ethical predispositions, preferences for utilitarian and formalistic ideals, on managerial moral awareness was examined in 2 studies. Results suggested that a manager's ethical predispositions influence his or her responses to the characteristics of the moral issue. Both utilitarianism and formalism shaped moral awareness, but formalism demonstrated a greater capacity to do so in that formalists recognized both harm and the violation of a behavioral norm as indicators of the moral issue, whereas utilitarians responded only to harm. These findings provide support for the basic arguments underlying theories of moral development and offer several implications for the study and practice of moral awareness in organizations.

3. Conflict of Interest Statement (top)

APR Testing Services (APR) has no known conflict of interest with respect to this CE program. APR has not received any commercial support for this CE program.