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Ethical Education
Towards an Ecology of Human Development


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Scherto R. Gill, Garrett Thomson, Kenneth J. Gergen, Sharon Todd, Hans Alma, Christa Anbeek, Hanan A. Alexander, Colleen McLaughlin, Yaqing Mao
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  • Date Published: July 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108477406

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  • Ethical education should help students become more sensitive to the perspectives and experiences of others. However, the field is dominated by the teaching of moral values as a subject-matter, or by the fostering of character traits in students, or by moral reasoning. This book proposes an alternative to these limited moralistic approaches. It places human relationships at the core of ethical education, in its understanding of both ethics and education. With contributions from renowned international scholars, this approach is laid out in three parts. Part I develops the underlying theory of ethics and education; Part II focuses on the relevant pedagogical principles, and Part III provides illustrations of emergent innovative ethical educational practices in worldwide schools. Against a backdrop of divisiveness and apathy, the innovative practices described in this book show how a new vision for ethical education might be centred around caring for students' well-being.

    • Introduces a fresh approach to ethical education that reframes pedagogy in terms of human relationships, mutual caring and well-being of students
    • Provides readers with an accessible but sophisticated theory and explores the implications of the theory for educational practices
    • Includes the voices of renowned international contributors from a range of fields, including philosophy, education, sociology, psychology, religious studies and spirituality
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108477406
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 175 x 250 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    General introduction Scherto R. Gill and Garrett Thomson
    Part I. Theoretical Perspectives on Ethical Education: Introduction to Part I Scherto R. Gill and Garrett Thomson
    1. Ethical education: a relational perspective Kenneth J. Gergen
    2. Ethical relationships in schools: learning to engage with others Scherto R. Gill
    3. Towards an ethical understanding of others Garrett Thomson
    Conclusion to Part I Scherto R. Gill and Garrett Thomson
    Part II. Pedagogical Approaches to Ethical Education: Introduction to Part II Scherto R. Gill and Garrett Thomson
    4. Changing cultures: relationship and sensibility Sharon Todd
    5. Ethical, existential and spiritual re-orientation Hans Alma and Christa Anbeek
    6. Confirming moral agency: through pedagogy of the sacred and pedagogy of difference Hanan A. Alexander
    Conclusion to Part II Scherto R. Gill and Garrett Thomson
    Part III. Practices of Ethical Education in Schools: Introduction to Part III Scherto R. Gill and Garrett Thomson
    7. Re-learning the value of direct experiences: schools as ethical community Colleen McLaughlin
    8. Cultivating inner qualities: a case study of developing ethical relations in Chinese schools Yaqing Mao
    9. Ethical relationships in secondary classrooms: a case study of pedagogical practices in the UK and Colombia Scherto R. Gill
    Conclusion to Part III Scherto R. Gill and Garrett Thomson
    10. Towards an ecology of ethical education: a human-centred approach Scherto R. Gill and Garrett Thomson.

  • Editors

    Scherto Gill, University of Sussex
    Scherto R. Gill is Senior Fellow at the GHFP Research Institute, and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Sussex. Scherto writes in the fields of education, dialogue and peace, and with Professor Garrett Thomson, she co-developed the notion of human-centred education, now practised in various countries.

    Garrett Thomson, College of Wooster, Ohio
    Garrett Thomson is Chief Executive Officer of the GHFP Research Institute. He is also Professor at the College of Wooster, Ohio, where he holds the Compton Chair of Philosophy. Garrett writes in the fields of well-being, education, peace and dialogue.


    Scherto R. Gill, Garrett Thomson, Kenneth J. Gergen, Sharon Todd, Hans Alma, Christa Anbeek, Hanan A. Alexander, Colleen McLaughlin, Yaqing Mao

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