Thesis

28 Chapter 1 OUTLINE OF THE THESIS Part A: Themes and evaluation of moral case deliberation Chapter 2 describes the moral themes of prison work as categorized based on a thematic content analysis of the self-perceived moral dilemmas as they were mentioned during MCD sessions (RQ 1). Chapter 3 shows how the MCD participants and the MCD facilitators evaluated the MCD sessions at DCIA based on single and a series of sessions (RQ 2). Part B: Meaning and measurement of moral craftsmanship Chapter 4 focuses on exploring the definition and conceptual elements of moral craftsmanship for prison staff and developing a measurement tool for moral craftsmanship (RQ 3). Chapter 5 shows a quantitative study on the influence of a series of MCD sessions on the moral craftsmanship of prison staff, with pre-and post-measurements and intervention and control groups (RQ 4). Part C: Experienced outcomes and moral learning Chapter 6 presents the experienced outcomes for MCD participants based on single sessions and a series of sessions and reflects on the moral learning process of prison staff through MCD (RQ 5). In the closing Chapter 7, the general discussion of this thesis, I will provide an overview of the research results and then reflect on three broader observations from our research, focusing on a) learning from resistance, 2) the particularities of the DCIA context and related challenges when implementing MCD, and 3) methodological challenges when researching the impact of MCD. Finally, based on the research in this thesis, I will give some recommendations for ethics support in prisons and specifically to the continuation of strengthening moral craftsmanship in the context of DCIA. Finally, I will provide directions for future research on MCD and Ethics Support Services (ESS).

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