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ERIC Number: EJ903445
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 0
Ethical Realism: A Guide to Action?
Continuing Higher Education Review, v72 p151-153 Fall 2008
This article presents the author's response to Gary Miller's essay entitled "Ethical Realism and Continuing Education." In his essay, Dr. Miller has provided a valuable opportunity to reflect on the practice of continuing education (CE) leadership. Dr. Miller reviews six principles that are encapsulated in the concept of ethical realism, but are always good guides to action. The author stresses that it is hard to argue against any of these six universal principles: (1) prudence; (2) patriotism; (3) responsibility; (4) study; (5) humility; and (6) respecting others. Similarly, it is hard to argue against the concepts of realism--each decision or action should always take into account the possible and the impossible. However, in proposing ethical realism as a guide for CE administrators, Dr. Miller has also given them an opportunity to look more deeply at their own situations, and this examination reveals some problems with Dr. Miller's central thesis. The author highlights some striking differences between geopolitics and CE administration, concluding that the ethical realism framework fails as a meaningful context for administrators' daily work.
Descriptors: Continuing Education, Educational Administration, Ethics, Realism, Participation, Decision Making, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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