Provide students opportunities to analyze ethical dilemmas beyond their personal beliefs or preferences to ensure students get exposure to a wide variety of perspectives.

  • Based upon students’ preferred behavior, it can be hard for them to take a different perspective to analyze ethical problems.
  • Activity:
    • Give students a topic, like doctors sharing private medical information of their patients with other doctors or researchers.
    • Start the discussion by asking students "Is this fair?"
      • This can be helpful in evoking a gut reaction from students to gain a feel for the perspectives in the room.
    • Encourage students to consider the perspectives of others using the following strategies:
      • Work with students to get them to recognize and evaluate the initial reaction they had when you asked the question "Is this fair?"
      • Point out different sides of the arguments and encourage people to try and understand them, even if they’re different from their original perspective.
        • Here is a some sample statement using the doctor example:
          • "Consider that for doctors or researchers, limited access to data might limit their ability to help people."
          • "For individuals, the data might be used against them."

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External Source

Interview with Richard Weiss.