Date of Award
Daniels College of Business
Dennis P. Wittmer
Lisa M. Victoravich
Empathy, Experiential learning, Leadership, Moral psychology, Moral reasoning, Virtual reality
This study investigates quantifiable links between virtual reality, moral reasoning, and compassion, contributing to the development of improved pedagogy for moral leadership development through experiential learning. It is the first empirical study to determine how specific virtual reality experiences potentially influence moral reasoning as measured by the DIT-2 (Rest et al., 1999), as well as the possible mediation effects of compassion on this relationship as measured by the Compassion Scale (Pommier et al., 2019). Although pedagogical implications are discussed, including the integration of virtual reality experiences into curriculum, the boundaries of this study are controlled to measure the direct influence of a consistent, repeatable independent variable on the outcomes of compassion and moral reasoning. Results show a significant shift in moral reasoning from personal interest to post-conventional thinking but do not support mediation through compassion. This study helps to build a foundation for the future development of educational and organizational process models that can integrate the advancing technologies of virtual and augmented reality into meaningful, pedagogical applications.
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Dennis W. Dunivan
Received from ProQuest
Dunivan, Dennis W., "Virtual Reality Influence on Moral Reasoning Through Compassion" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2223.
Social psychology, Ethics, Organizational behavior
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