Values, choices, responsibilities: thinking beyond the scholarly place of ethics for the GIScience and technology profession and GIScience

Francis Harvey

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Abstract

To help ethical issues gain traction in geographic information technology education, this article proposes that the education of GIScience and technology professionals go beyond abstract scholarly ethics to applied approaches based on practical wisdom. The main point for educators made in this paper is that applied ethics' focus on values, choices, and responsibilities helps students and professionals understand the significance of knowledge and science, their potential contributions, and possible roles – values, choices, and responsibilities. An interpretation of Aristotle's practical wisdom as moral skills and moral wills provides the foundation for developing pedagogical strategies including Davis' seven-step approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)500-510
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Geography in Higher Education
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Some of the work discussed here has been supported by the US National Science Foundation.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2014, © 2014 Taylor & Francis.

Keywords

  • GIS
  • GIScience
  • applied ethics
  • case study
  • ethics
  • professionalization

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