Philosophy of education in a new key: exploring new ways of teaching and doing ethics in education in the 21st century

Buchanan, Rachel Anne, Forster, Daniella Jasmin, Douglas, Samuel, Nakar, Sonal, Boon, Helen J., Heath, Treesa, Heyward, Paul, D'Olimpio, Laura, Ailwood, Joanne, Eacott, Scott, Smith, Sharon, Peters, Michael, and Tesar, Marek (2022) Philosophy of education in a new key: exploring new ways of teaching and doing ethics in education in the 21st century. Educational Philosophy and Theory. (In Press)

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Within the rough ground that is the field of education there is a complex web of ethical obligations: to prepare our students for their future work; to be ethical as educators in our conduct and teaching; to the ethical principles embedded in the contexts in which we work; and given the Southern context of this work, the ethical obligations we have to this land and its First Peoples. We put out a call to colleagues whose work has been concerned with the pedagogies of professional ethics, the ethical burdens of institutional injustice, and the application of ethical theory to education’s applied fields. In the responses we received it can be seen that ethical concerns in education are broad ranging, covering terrain varying from the preparation of preservice teachers, ethics in higher education, early childhood and care, educational leadership, relational and communicative ethics. Perhaps it could also be argued that this paper demonstrates Gibbon’s observation that ‘Assumptions about the particularity of this time as new and ripe with opportunity to make a difference through philosophy of education are not new and there’s much to learn from the persistence of wanting to imagine that they are’ (in Peters et al., 2020, p. 17). However, while the field of ethics is perennially concerned with human relations and pedagogical interventions to improve these, the responses collected here show that educational ethics is far from static. Educational ethics is a field that continues to develop in response to changing contexts.

Item ID: 67948
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1469-5812
Keywords: ethics, educational ethics, tertiary ethics education
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Date Deposited: 04 May 2021 00:06
FoR Codes: 50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5099 Other philosophy and religious studies > 509999 Other philosophy and religious studies not elsewhere classified @ 20%
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