Negotiating Ethical Challenges of Practice in Adult Education, Number 123, Fall 2009: New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education / Edition 1

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Here is a collection for twenty-first century challenges! Onepractical philosopher and seven experienced adult educators diginto their driving values, the existing literature, and franknarratives of direct experience to illuminate key lessons in beingone's own applied ethicist. In explaining their decision-making andconfronting their unease and doubts, the authors emerge asself-aware, context-aware, principled practitioners. But they arenot immune to the problems encountered in the intellectual andinterpersonal complexities of ethical analysis.

Acknowledging the challenges in moving beyond such reductionistanalyses as "right versus wrong," the authors look for negotiatedpossibilities of "rightness." Negotiation, reflection, and poweremerge as three key themes of the reflective chapters. Readersshould consider the various thinking strategies offered, inparticular the strategy of "sinning bravely." Additional criticalthinking about conflicts that hide int he background of our workought to help unearth some hegemonic uses of concepts such asfairness and justice.

This is the 123rd volume of the Jossey-Bass higher educationquarterly report series New Directions for Adult and ContinuingEducation. Noted for its depth of coverage, New Directionsfor Adult and Continuing Education is an indispensable seriesthat explores issues of common interest to instructors,administrators, counselors, and policymakers in a broad range ofadult and continuing education settings, such as colleges anduniversities, extension programs, businesses, libraries, andmuseums. Feel encouraged, feel strong, feel connected as youcompare your own issues and thinking with the authors' experienceand guidance. The reading journey of this volume will bring youcloser to possibilities for more good work in the tough conditionsof twenty-first century adult education.

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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.

Index 93

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