Moral Reasoning by Laura Kaplan Essay

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The primary issue that was addressed in the Journal article, “Moral Reasoning of MSW Social Workers and the Influence of Education” written by Laura Kaplan, was that social workers make critical decisions on a daily basis that effect others. They influence their clients’ lives through giving timely and appropriate funding to them and their families, through deciding should a family stay together or should they have a better life with another family, or connecting the client with appropriate resources that can enhance their lives. The article addresses data from an array of students from various universities. The researcher posed these questions; “Would social workers use moral reasoning (what is right and what is wrong) more prevalent if …show more content…
Three major research questions were addressed with MSW that held a Bachelor of Social Work degree were asked; “Did they use less post conventional moral reasoning (PMR), then people with a MSW that held a Bachelor degree in Liberal Arts?” PMR is the ability to think critically about moral issues with the consideration of society’s norm. The second question was, “Does MSW social workers with individual ethical courses exhibit more PMR than those who did not have ethical courses during their undergraduate degree?” The last question asked was, “Does MSW social workers that had ethics courses in their graduate courses show greater PMR than those without an ethics class in graduate courses? The research questions were carefully selected to discover why social workers occasionally do not make ethical decisions.
The primary data was extracted from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), 1999 code of ethics. Researchers indicated that social workers are not ethically correct all the time. Generally, some social workers do not adhere to the code of ethics that has been established by the NASW. Social workers make moral and ethical decisions about their clients on a daily bases, therefore, the author of this journal article begun seeking why social workers were not always ethical. She started by randomly giving surveys that were reflective of The Defining Issues Test (DIT). The survey was given to students in higher education institutions. For

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