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Education for Professional Ethos through VaKE (Values and Knowledge Education) in Teacher Education

A Cognitive-Affective Process System Analysis of Pre-Service Teachers’ Moral Judgments Concerning a Socio-Scientific Issue

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Alfred Weinberger

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Being able to make informed moral judgments in complex situations is considered a core element of professionals’ ethos. The didactical approach VaKE (Values and Knowledge Education) provides a possibility to address the development of the ability to make informed moral judgments. This study explores pre-service teachers’ (N = 81) mental representations underlying their moral judgment in the context of a VaKE (Values and Knowledge)-dilemma discussion using the example of a socio-scientific issue. The study aims to understand better how mental representations mediate moral judgments. The results of the cognitive-affective process system analysis indicate that moral judgments are based on a complex network of cognitions and affects elicited by different situational features such as specific factual knowledge. An important conclusion of this study is that the cognitive-affective process system analysis provides an effective method for analyzing mental representations in morally relevant decision situations. Moral judgments are highly situation-specific.

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Professionals’ Ethos

An Introduction

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Alfred Weinberger, Horst Biedermann, Jean-Luc Patry and Sieglinde Weyringer

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Edited by Alfred Weinberger, Horst Biedermann, Jean-Luc Patry and Sieglinde Weyringer

In Professionals’ Ethos and Education for Responsibility, Alfred Weinberger, Horst Biedermann, Jean-Luc Patry and Sieglinde Weyringer offer insights into different concepts and applications of professionals’ ethos focusing on teachers’ ethos. Ethos refers to the responsibility of a professional, and it is considered a key element of a professional’s work. The first time mentioned in ancient Greece denoting character and habit, the word ethos nowadays has several definitions and meanings. This book intends to explore the variety of meanings, with authors in this volume drawing from established concepts of ethos and empirical research to push the field forward.