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Two Teaching Methods to Improve Nursing Students’ Moral Intelligence, Moral Sensitivity and Moral Judgment: Theatre of Situations and Pro-Con Debate

Min A, Kim 1

1안동과학대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study was designed to compare the effects of two teaching methods, i.e., ‘Theatre of Situations’ and ‘Pro-Con Debate’ on moral intelligence, moral sensitivity and moral judgment of students taking nursing ethics classes. Two-group pretest-posttest design was used. The subjects, 87 nursing students, were randomly allocated to two groups, i.e., experimental group A, ‘Theatre of Situations’ consisting 45 students and experimental group B, ‘Pro-Con Debate’ consisting 42 students. The same four nursing hypotheticals dealing with ethical issues or dilemmas were used for both groups. Each of ‘Theatre of Situations’ and ‘Pro-Con Debates’ was conducted for 150 minutes after 450 minutes of regular nursing ethics lectures. Data were collected before and after the classes to measure moral intelligence, moral sensitivity and moral judgment of the subjects. The data were analyzed by a paired t-test using SPSS. The findings from this study are as follows: (1) in group A, moral meaning perceived by the subjects (a sub-domain of moral sensitivity) was significantly improved; (2) in group B, kindness and tolerance (sub-domains of moral intelligence) were significantly improved. Both methods are recommendable for enhancing nursing ethics education.

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