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USG Teaching and Learning Conference: Best Practices for Promoting Engaged Student Learning
Wednesday, April 8 • 10:00am - 10:45am
Using the SBH Maieutic Method to Develop Moral Reasoning and Critical Thinking

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Wednesday Morning Pecha Kucha Session
Presentation 4

Thomas Grant


Research with writing and communications students shows the SBH Maieutic Method, a dialogue between student and instructor based in a Platonic notion of birthing knowledge, leads to significant growth in moral reasoning skills as measured by the DIT2 (n=105, p=0.005). The research was directed toward developing a pedagogy and curriculum for teaching professional ethics. However, a control group in a non-ethics class, but one also taught with the SBH Maieutic Method, also showed significant gains in moral reasoning. The SBH Maieutic Method has been shown to lead to significant gains in moral reasoning in college athletes, military personnel and media students. This suggests that the method itself, which encourages independent thinking, may help all students develop critical thinking skills used to answer complicated ethical questions.

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Wednesday April 8, 2015 10:00am - 10:45am
Room K

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