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Learning Exercise: What are Work Ethics?

What are Work Ethics?
Engages students in thoughts about conception, growth, and maintenance of continuing work ethics as part of a job-readiness or professional development learning unit. Allows jumping-off point for in-class or forum-based online discussion of materials and personal opinion/experience.
Course: Business Success Strategies


Submitted by:
Trish Nelson
Date Last Modified:
February 06, 2003


Complete all lessons as presented on the website, adding the following
discussion questions after the final assignment in each lesson (modify
vocabulary as needed):

Lesson 1
"While you were answering yes or no to these statements, did you feel that you
should answer the opposite so that you would be 'right'? Why might we feel that
way when we give our opinions? Can an opinion be wrong?"

Lesson 2
"The lesson states that 'the work ethic is a cultural norm.' What does this
mean? What culture(s) do you think the lessons you've read is (are) geared
toward? Do you have to share the values of the normative culture to be
successful in a job?"

Lesson 3
Assignment 1 can be modified or deleted as desired. "Keeping in mind the
normative culture we defined in lesson 2, will everyone we meet in the workplace
have the same 'habits, manners, appearance, and behaviors' we expect them to
have? Why or why not? How might you relate to someone who is quite different
from you in one or more of these respects?"

Lesson 4
"Does everyone in a workplace have the same level of drive and initiative as
described in this lesson? Why or why not? Can there be other definitions? If you
come from a culture in which these traits are subdued, should you be expected
to develop them?"

Lesson 5
"How do the ideas about dependability expressed in this lesson relate to
people's responsibilities outside of the workplace? Think about parents, people
with chronic illnesses, and people whose values differ from our definition of
the normative culture."

Lesson 6
"Describe your strengths and weaknesses. How do your strengths make you a good
candidate for a job? How do you deal with or compensate for your weaknesses?"



  • College General Ed
  • High School
  • Professional


Work ethics
Community building


Ability to navigate a simple website and take online quizzes.

Learning Objectives

Students will learn about their own work ethic while studying changes in the workplace during the information age. Discussion will combine generic western work ethic theory with diverse student experience.

Type of Task

  • Core activity
  • Individual
  • Student-centered
  • Unsupervised

Technical Notes

Requires student to be able to switch between page navigation styles within lessons (navigation is not consistent throughout).