ERIC Number: ED280753
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Systems, Professionalism, and Morality in Education.
Flinders, Neil J.
College of Education Review, v1 n1 Fall 1980
Forces which have influenced the shifting of moral foundations and their potential influence on the field of education are explained in this paper. Two categories of systems--soft and hard--are reviewed. A system 'hardens' when the emphasis on the application of a technique becomes more important than serving the purposes for which the technique was created. For educators, the art and skills of teaching should serve society. Techniques can be improved; but as these are defined and they increase in proficiency, they must not become more central than the purpose and the people they are designed to serve. 'Soft' systems constitute a more compatible environment for moral education. The personal freedom they offer and the individual responsibility they demand seem more vital to humanity's well-being than the much heralded fruits of 'hard' systems such as predictability, demonstrable outcomes, and time-cost efficiency factors. This article presents a historical review of the systems approach, its development from soft to hard systems, and the implications for moral education. (KWL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A