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Ethical Reasoning

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) safeguards you, your career and the public.

Developed and presented by subject expert, Robyn Dean, for Communication Professionals this activity will develop your competence and performance whilst contributing towards your CPD portfolio (1 CPD point). 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Define each components of Rest’s four component model and how interpreting rhetoric impacts moral sensitivity
  • Define these ethics terms: normative ethics, descriptive ethics, deontology and teleology.
  • Describe how and why community interpreting moved away from normative ethics and adopted a descriptive ethics approach.
  • Identify terms (other than role) that more effectively convey ethical concepts in interpreting practice.
  • Explain how identifying a profession’s values is necessary when moving away from descriptive ethics and toward normative ethics.
  • Identify the four core principles (values) all service-based professions consider and apply in their practice.


Dr. Robyn Dean

Robyn achieved her doctoral from Heriot-Watt on the ethical reasoning skills of signed language interpreters and has also completed many publications.

Robyn has a very different approach in the advancing of interpreters’ ethical reasoning and has been working to change the way that the field teaches and engages in ethical thought.

Her work has traditionally focused on the profession moving away from using ethical dilemmas as a way of advancing ethical thought and instead, uses a more problem-based learning approach. 


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