The effects of gender on the ethical decision-making of teachers, doctors and lawyers

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The article presents the statistical findings of a study that investigated the effects of gender on the ethical decision-making of professionals. Ethical dilemmas were presented to 1,809 teachers, doctors and lawyers in the form of a questionnaire. The individuals were asked to choose a course of action and provide reasons for their choice. What was of particular interest was how the professionals prioritised different moral theories in their decision-making; namely, whether the reasons they gave were deontological, consequential or virtue ethical in nature. The findings are significant for those seeking to revise and improve professional ethical education and practice.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-159
Number of pages13
JournalNew Educational Review
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2019


  • Ethical dilemmas, Ethical reasoning, Gender, Professional practice

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