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Ethical reflections
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication. (Studies of Meaning-Making in Educational Discourses, Örebro University; Studies on Social Sustainability in Education, Mälardalen University)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3690-9879
Akademin för humaniora, utbildning och samhällsvetenskap, Örebro universitet. (Studies of Meaning-Making in Educational Discourses, Örebro University)
2017 (English)In: Paper presented at the symposium: A Transactional Approach on ESD Research (Part 1)., 2017Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This contribution builds on an analytical approach using Dewey’s thoughts on morals and ethics to address how we acquire our morals, how we can reflect on moral situations, and how ethical reflections are visible in practice. In the study (Sund and Öhman, 2014) we investigate the variety of ethical reflections that emerge when a group of Swedish teachers participate in a study visit to Central America. Following Dewey, we investigated how a teacher, in interaction with others, finds a way to morally reason and co-ordinate with her or his surroundings. In this social co-construction things are literally made common—we socially construct the meaning of right and wrong and what works better in our lives, given the current problematic or situation.

The study illustrates important possibilities for using Dewey’s perspective on morals and ethics in empirical studies. Firstly, ethical reflections are not hidden within humans’ minds but are available for empirical investigations of actions. Secondly, morality arises in relation to others and therefore needs to be investigated in relation to concrete and lived experiences. Thirdly, it demonstrates how ethical reflections can be investigated as processes of continuity and change. Lastly, the result underlines Dewey’s point that we need to move away from normative ethical theories and instead deepen the understanding of how humans try to co-ordinate their everyday actions with other people.

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2017.
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Educational Sciences
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Didactics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-36355OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-36355DiVA: diva2:1139241
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The Annual Meeting of the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) Copenhagen, Denmark, August 22-25, 2017
Available from: 2017-09-07 Created: 2017-09-07 Last updated: 2017-09-07

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