ERIC Number: EJ815023
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Individuals or Persons--What Ethics Should Help Constitute the School as Community?
Ethics and Education, v2 n2 p131-143 Oct 2007
This paper critically examines some assumptions involved in determining the nature of the relationships and work that constitute a school as a community dedicated to learning and knowledge. Rather than arguing from first principles, the paper assumes that respect for other people as ends is preferable to seeing individuals in terms of their function or status; and it argues, in particular, for the reinstatement of a sense of agency for teachers that seems to have been lost in recent education initiatives in the UK. Following Heidegger's notion of authenticity and Gadamer's emphasis on the process of interpretation to precipitate understanding, the paper argues that professional knowledge and understanding is best generated in relation to others, and thus the ethical basis for schools as communities should focus less on individuals and more on the value of persons in relationships of a distinctive kind.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Interpersonal Relationship, Individualized Instruction, Ethics, Learning Activities, Discourse Communities, School Role, Well Being, Social Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom