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ERIC Number: EJ953329
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7240
The Complexity of Moral Learning: Diversity, Deprovincialisation and Privilege
Reed, Gay Garland
Journal of Moral Education, v40 n3 p359-367 2011
This paper explores some complexities of moral learning by referencing personal and professional experiences that shape my moral ecology. Moral learning, like all forms of learning, is not merely accumulative but rather a recursive, adaptive and elaborative process. The multidimensional nature of this phenomenon can be captured by drawing on the language of complexity theory. Using original poetry as a vehicle for distilling thought, and personal experiences of living, learning and teaching inside and outside my home country (in Hawai'i and Abu Dhabi, China, Korea, Iran) to provide context, I explore three interconnected processes that have been important for moral sense-making in my own life. These are: engaging with diversity, active deprovincialisation and confronting personal privilege. In this discussion I will make a distinction between variety and diversity. In sum, I hope to reveal the synergistic, non-linear and aesthetic dimensions of moral learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; Hawaii; Iran; South Korea; United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi)