ERIC Number: EJ873874
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Reference Count: 2
Morality Across the Curriculum
Exley, Robert J.
Community College Journal, v74 n3 p10-13 Dec 2003-Jan 2004
Lawrence M. Hinman's (2002) glossary of terms defines ethics as "the explicit, philosophical reflection on moral beliefs and practices." The definition further states that "Ethics is a conscious stepping back and reflecting on morality..." The same glossary states that "Morality refers to the first-order beliefs and practices about good and evil by means of which a person guides his/her behavior." In other words, morality is a first-order action while ethics is one step removed or second-order. There is no doubt that these two definitions exist both independent and interdependent of one another. In this article, the author proposes that without an active awareness of ethics and the practice of the discipline of ethics, morality becomes rigid and unjust or immoral. The discipline of ethics provides multiple rich opportunities to examine one's moral actions, but this alone is not enough. The author stresses that educators must move beyond its second-order nature to consciously engage themselves and their students in a continuous evaluation of what they believe and what they practice to ensure that they choose good over evil--"morality across the curriculum." They must not shy away from the fact that higher education provides a unique opportunity to challenge the "beliefs and practices" of their students and their colleagues--be they related to poverty, sexual preference, race, gender, environmental issues, religion or any other potentially divisive issue.
Descriptors: Ethics, Reflection, Moral Values, Theory Practice Relationship, Community Colleges, School Role, Service Learning, Social Justice
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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