Negotiating Ethical Challenges of Practice in Adult Education, Number 123, Fall 2009: New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education / Edition 1by Elizabeth J. Burge
Pub. Date: 10/19/2009
Here is a collection for twenty-first century challenges! One practical philosopher and seven experienced adult educators dig into their driving values, the existing literature, and frank narratives of direct experience to illuminate key lessons in being one's own applied ethicist. In explaining their decision-making and confronting their unease and doubts, the… See more details below
Here is a collection for twenty-first century challenges! One practical philosopher and seven experienced adult educators dig into their driving values, the existing literature, and frank narratives of direct experience to illuminate key lessons in being one's own applied ethicist. In explaining their decision-making and confronting their unease and doubts, the authors emerge as self-aware, context-aware, principled practitioners. But they are not immune to the problems encountered in the intellectual and interpersonal complexities of ethical analysis.
Acknowledging the challenges in moving beyond such reductionist analyses as "right versus wrong," the authors look for negotiated possibilities of "rightness." Negotiation, reflection, and power emerge as three key themes of the reflective chapters. Readers should consider the various thinking strategies offered, in particular the strategy of "sinning bravely." Additional critical thinking about conflicts that hide int he background of our work ought to help unearth some hegemonic uses of concepts such as fairness and justice.
This is the 123rd volume of the Jossey-Bass higher education quarterly report series New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education. Noted for its depth of coverage, New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education is an indispensable series that explores issues of common interest to instructors, administrators, counselors, and policymakers in a broad range of adult and continuing education settings, such as colleges and universities, extension programs, businesses, libraries, and museums. Feel encouraged, feel strong, feel connected as you compare your own issues and thinking with the authors' experience and guidance. The reading journey of this volume will bring you closer to possibilities for more good work in the tough conditions of twenty-first century adult education.
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- J-B ACE Single Issue Adult & Continuing Education Series, #98
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- New Edition
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- 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Table of Contents
Editor's Notes Elizabeth J. Burge 1
1 For a Meta-Ethics as Good as Our Practice Anthony Weston 7
Ethical issues in adult education are often open-ended, complex, problematic situations. The real question is not which side is right, or to which moral choice principle we must appeal, but simply how we can engage those situations intelligently and constructively.
2 Applied Ethics in Adult and Continuing Education Literature Thomas J. Sork 19
This chapter surveys the growing body of literature on ethics and adult education, makes some critical observations about efforts to increase ethical sensitivity among practitioners, and provides guidance in how to deal with ethical dilemmas.
3 Workplace Literacy: Ethical Issues Through the Lens of Experience Sue Folinsbee 33
This chapter describes a number of ethical dilemmas faced as a workplace literacy practitioner and researcher. Each issue is analyzed, along with the lessons learned.
4 Just Democracy: Ethical Considerations in Teaching Talmadge C. Guy 43
The author offers examples from his teaching about race and gender and discusses the ethical challenges faced and strategies employed to confront these challenges.
5 Ethical Issues in Mentoring Adults in Higher Education Catherine A. Hansman 53
This chapter examines practical problems encountered in mentoring adult learners in higher education through stories of ethical dilemmas.
6 Pursuit of Social Justice in Situations of Conflict Tom Heaney 65
This chapter reflects on the ambiguity of ethical choices in adult education for democratic social change, especially in activities sponsored by traditional academic organizations.
7 Reflecting on Reflecting on PracticeArthur L. Wilson 75
This chapter discusses three broad themes-reflection, power, and negotiation-that are evidenced in all of the practitioner chapters.
8 Doing "Good Work": Negotiating Possibilities in Ethical Challenges Elizabeth J. Burge 87
In explaining their decision making and confronting their doubts, reflective and courageous thinkers model critical and constructive approaches for managing everyday ethical analyses.
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