Short Intro: Empirical research shows that students say they strive to be(come) moral professionals, but that they have difficulties recognizing and articulating the moral aspects of their professional roles. They seem to lack a moral vocabulary and the moral knowledge to verbalize their aspirations and to provide arguments to explicate or legitimize their moral behaviour. Meanwhile, it is expected that these students are motivated to act according to moral standards (of their profession) when they are confronted with ethical dilemmas during internships.
The presentation addresses the questions: To what extent and in what ways do students regard themselves as a responsible professional with an ethical compass? What do students say about why they experience an ethical dilemma during internship (or not) and apply a strategy? Furthermore, it explores which compass should be part of the aims and content of education provided by UAS, and the possibilities and boundaries of UAS’ contribution to the development of their students’ ethical compasses.