Madison Collaborative

Implications of Decision Sciences Findings for Ethical Reasoning

Wed, 11 May 2016 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Festival Conference Room 5

Nietzsche's madman proclaimed in the marketplace that truly revolutionary discoveries (such as the death of God) take time before their effects are felt. That is certainly true for recent findings in the decision sciences ie. behavioral economics, social psychology, neuroscience, etc. In the past three decades the comfortable notion that humans are rational agents who weigh evidence and consider arguments before deciding and acting has been uprooted. In its place emerges a less flattering image of intuition- driven, predictably irrational behaviors dominated by prejudices, biases, and simplistic heuristics. This is a big deal for educators! In this discussion-laced seminar we will review the emerging model of human decision-making and behavior with an ear to reshaping ethical reasoning (and every other) pedagogy. This workshop will not introduce the Eight Key Question ethical reasoning strategy or provide additional case studies.Logo

Participants will make progress toward:

  • Learning more about the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of decision-making science and ethical reasoning pedagogy, 
  • Examining the major contributors and current literature in this growing field, 
  • Exploring how The Madison Collaborative: Ethical Reasoning in Action fits into the larger landscape of behavioral sciences, and
  • Developing strategies to incorporate their new understanding of decision-making into their pedagogy and research.
Register for May Symposium Conference Day and select this session.
Facilitated by Bill Hawk, professor of philosophy and chair of the Madison Collaborative: Ethical Reasoning in Action.

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