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Title: The practise of ethics and the ethics of practice in technology education
Authors: Keirl, Steve
Issue Date: 1998
Publisher: © Loughborough University
Citation: KEIRL, S., 1998. The practise of ethics and the ethics of practice in technology education. IDATER 1998 Conference, Loughborough: Loughborough University
Abstract: While technology education is commonly thought of as a practical field, ethics is not commonly thought of as such. This paper draws upon Singer's (1993) contention that 'Ethics is practical, or it is not really ethical'. It will be argued that there is, potentially, a central ethical dimension to technology education which becomes explicit when examining wants-needs issues; race and gender; humanism and ontology; and, product design. Context is provided from the broad literature which documents the breadth of societal and global concerns relating to technology, culture, and economics. One focus of the paper is on design and technology curriculum as a part of a general education within a democracy. Thus the impact of the ethical dimension of technology curriculum design, pedagogy and assessment on concepts such as technological literacy and the resolution of competing stakeholder claims is addressed. As well as showing that ethics can be both philosophical and practical in its manifestation as a part of technology education curriculum, it is an aim of the paper to demonstrate the professional significance of ethics-in-practice within this highly contested curriculum field.
Description: This is a conference paper.
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/1425
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