ERIC Number: ED211422
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Aspects of Ethics As They Affect Social Science Curriculums.
Gildea, Ray Y.
This paper discusses the current interest in values and moral education and briefly comments on how they affect college level social science curricula. Many contemporary educators and scholars hope that a renewed emphasis on moral education will achieve the following goals: (1) introduce normative inquiry into higher learning, in order to supplement the typically narrow and value-free methodology of contemporary academic disciplines; (2) revitalize liberal education, especially the humanities, and restore the integrative focus that has been lost; (3) prepare students to effectively and adequately deal with critical human choices, especially, those that have moral consequences; and (4) provide an education that affects both conduct and thought, the founding of character as well as the development of intellect. Today, after several centuries of taking things apart and putting them in separate boxes, a more integrated concern for human space, time, and structure (geography, history, and mathematics), as well as a deep need to reflect upon what we do and what we are (philosophy), are coming to the fore once again. One kind of learning central to the role of an educated person in our society is the concern to feel a personal sense of responsibility for the situation as a whole. The management of population, food, energy, and resources has been revealed as a single issue. A listing of selected books and articles on the teaching of ethics is included in the paper. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education (Pittsburgh, PA, October, 1981).