TWI’s training programs equip both teachers and administrators with the tools and skills to build a more positive and supportive ethical work environment. An ethical workplace is one that demonstrates strong evidence of encouraging communication about ethical concerns, respecting individual judgment, expecting integrity in performance, and enhancing trust and empowerment. Not for want of trying, many schools fall short on that evidence. However, a strong ethical cultural is not beyond reach through TWI’s in-service training programs.
Some people put more emphasis on being socially correct than morally right.
TWI offers several resources and learning tools to assist and support teachers interested in encouraging students to become aware of the importance of ethical thinking and behavior, and to provide teachers with the tools to better encourage ethical discourse in the classroom.
TWI’s ethics assessments are used nation-wide by teachers who want to bring ethics into the living level of their students’ lives. Self-identifying the ethical perspective a student uses when making personal ethical decisions, learning how to articulate the reasoning of that perspective, and applying a proven four-step ethical decision making process are part of the Ethics Awareness Inventory.
Ethics Awareness Inventory
The Ethics Awareness Inventory (EAI) helps individuals identify which of four ethical perspectives they tend to use when making personal ethical decisions and offers a process for making ethical decisions. Its use opens up dialogue in the classroom and moves discussion of how one might approach an ethical situation beyond the hypothetical to real application and self-reflection. The EAI has been used successfully in undergraduate and graduate business ethics courses, as well as in education and social science courses.
After I completed the Ethics Awareness Inventory©, I felt that I gained insight into the complex world of ethics ... I think that as a society we often look at ethics through very narrow guidelines. I never understood that there were multiple ways of looking at ethical concerns.
- Graduate Student, Northern Arizona University
I would like to compliment the Williams Institute for the quality and value of the Ethics Awareness Inventory tool I am able to use in my Organizational Ethics and Social Responsibility class. It opens students’ eyes to critical thinking and an understanding of the concept of multiple viewpoints. We refer back to the CORE perspectives throughout the class as we delve into a variety of case studies, assignments, and when they ultimately prepare their final project that includes developing an ethics program for a business or organization.
I frequently have students tell me that when they started the class they thought they understood the concept of ethics. Upon finishing the class, they will comment that they never realized there was so much more to it and that there was more than one way to view an ethical dilemma to determine a resolution. I have found it to be an eye-opener that equips, empowers, and encourages them to make a difference in the world, starting within their immediate reach.
-James Delzer, Faculty - University of Phoenix
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Ethical Choices in the Workplace
Ethical Choices in the Workplace (ECW) identifies four dimensions of ethical culture in the organization that are important qualities for productive and successful workplaces. The ECW is a great tool for involving students in understanding the characteristics that make a productive, ethical work environment. It can also be used to help students identify the type of workplace environment they would find most compatible with their own values when looking for a place to work.
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Guide to Ethical Awareness
The “Guide to Ethical Awareness: Using the EAI to Facilitate Discussion of Ethics in the Classroom” booklet for teachers provides background information on ethics and the four ethical perspectives presented in the EAI, as well as suggested learning objectives and discussion question. The information will help teachers keep the discussion focused on ethics.
Annual Ethics Essay Contest
The purpose of TWI’s Ethics Contest is to promote ethics in community by encouraging ethical awareness among high school students and ethical discourse in the classroom. The topics of the essay contest are written to provoke ethical thought and encourage critical thinking. The writing process leads the student from making a choice to stating a responsibility. The contest is also a way to provide scholarships to students and honoraria to teachers. For more information on the site.
Do What Is Right! (under development)
TWI’s Do What Is Right! (DWIR!) program meets an existing need in current character education programs by providing a tool for ethical decision making, age level appropriate, that can be used by students, teachers in the classroom and on the playground, and at home by parents. DWIR! is not an add-on program, as its program curriculum and learning objectives are tied to educational standards (such as language arts, critical thinking, and ethics) so that teachers are able to use the program and accomplish required educational goals at the same time.
DWIR! promotes ethical thinking, empathy and critical thinking in students, appropriate to age level, through use of a simple decision making process involving four questions that are the core of the program. These are: Who is affected by my choice? How are they affected? Why am I making this choice? Could I make a better choice?
DWIR! is an interactive learning experience with animation and language that is grade level appropriate. Each grade level will have a unique set of six ethical issue scenarios that builds on the previous grade level’s discussions. Each scenario will involve a selected value, such as caring, responsibility, trustworthiness, etc.
Upon completion of development and piloting of the program, TWI will provide, at minimal cost to schools, a set of ethics decision making programs for grades 1-8 available on DVD, with accompanying teacher and parent resource manuals. DWIR! will be compatible with, and offer a value-added to, existing character education programs currently used by schools.
For more information about TWI’s resources for education, email us or call 480-244-4677.