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ERIC Number: ED178431
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov-2
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Ethics and Education: Toward an Epistemology for Quality.
Hartoonian, H. Michael
The paper examines the role of ethics in the pursuit of educational quality. The nature of ethics, creation of knowledge, language, and the concept of quality are discussed. These ideas are blended into a new epistemology (theory of knowledge) which allows students to probe philosophical questions as part of the educational process. Ethics are discussed in terms of relationships among people, modes of conduct within a profession, and the moral principles of the cultural heritage of a society, community, or civilization. The examination of knowledge stresses that facts as well as theories are a creation of the mind and as such knowledge must always be seen as tentative. The author notes that language shapes the ethical framework of our communities and that linguistic models form our sense of reality. Language is an instrument we use to classify or dissect environments. He concludes that one must make explicit the ethical implications of the language we use, the institutions we build, and our interactions with man and nature. The discussion of quality centers around the levels of technique and artistry. The final section discusses curricular implications for a synthesis of ethics and education. Basic studies would include aesthetics, logic, and philosophic or reflective thinking processes which would be developed throughout the K-12 sequence. The studies would draw substance from all academic disciplines and would involve both in-school and community activities. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper prepared for the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study Symposium (Boulder, CO, November 2, 1979)