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ERIC Number: ED413124
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 18
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Ethical Frameworks, Moral Practices and Outdoor Education.
Fox, Karen M.; Lautt, Mick
Insights from quantum physics and chaos theory help create new metaphors about ethical frameworks and moral practices in outdoor education. The seemingly straightforward concept of values is analogous to the initial simple nonlinear equation of a fractal. The value claims of outdoor education--trust, cooperation, environmental awareness, self-awareness, freedom, justice, community, respect--are often interwoven within the very structure and outcomes of programs. If there are repeated iterations of the initial equation (values and value claims), the fractal shapes of ethical frameworks emerge. Ethical frameworks are complex sets of value claims, rationales, and rules that guide moral reasoning, decision making, and behavior. Such complexity implies that various forms, ranging from experiential activities and artistic creations to scholarly essays and research, are necessary to explore ethical frameworks and moral practices of outdoor education. Prominent themes related to outdoor ethical frameworks are: (1) outdoor education research focused on individuals and discrete links among attitudes, knowledge, affect, and behavior; (2) prominent scholarship about outdoor ethical frameworks is becoming more prominent; (3) research findings on moral development in psychology and education indicate the development of moral reasoning is complex; (4) moral practices encompass relational characteristics: love, friendship, compassion, caring, passion, and intuition; (5) spiritual journeys, traditions, and insights are an important aspect of relating to others; and (6) an individual or group can be ethical only when there is mutual material interaction and critique. Understanding the relationships and processes applicable to outdoor values and ethical frameworks requires embracing their complexity. Continuing with physics metaphors from field theory, six ways of embracing complexity are proposed. Contains 124 references. (SV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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