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Ethical Instruction

  • A Multicultural Perspective. Spotlight: Cosmic Education
    Discusses how Montessori's Cosmic Education framework addresses issues of unity and diversity in a multicultural world view. Considers five key points of this approach that meet challenges of a multicultural world: the unity of all beings, the role of evolution in life, interdependence in nature, physical and spiritual needs of humans, and the cosmic task of humanity.
  • Democratic Dispositions and Cultural Competency: Ingredients for School Renewal
    This article argues that the current school reform movement of high-stakes testing is misguided. It advocates that democratic dispositions and cultural competency be included in the major goals of schooling and proposes that the purpose of schooling should be determined through public deliberation within diverse communities.
  • Integrating Active Learning, Critical Thinking and Multicultural Education in Teaching Media Ethics across the Curriculum
    This paper presents four teaching strategies, grounded in pedagogical theory, to encourage an active, challenging, creative, and meaningful experience for journalism and mass communication students grappling with moral issues, and developing higher order thinking in ethical decision-making processes. Strategies emphasizing critical thinking and diversity awareness have shown success in lower-division media and society classes.
  • Religion and Multiculturalism in Education
    Provides a concise historical overview of theological thinking concerning fundamentalism, absolutism, and relativism. Considers corresponding responses to issues regarding multiculturalism.
  • Should Schools Promote Toleration?
    Observes that educators often take for granted that toleration should be promoted in schools, especially in multicultural societies. Shows that the issue of promoting tolerance is controversial and its value needs careful consideration.
  • Teachers' Beliefs, Antiracism and Moral Education: Problems of Intersection
    Explores the potential problems of intersection between the defining aims of antiracist education and teachers' beliefs about the aims of education. Identifies a framework for differentiating three ethical perspectives that teachers often take in articulating and justifying their beliefs about the ideal aims of education.
  • Without a Prayer
    Ponders issue of schools, school prayer, and religion. Shows how a teachable moment can promote moral and societal values without imposing specific views of any particular religion.