Implications of the Anthropocene for Professional Ethics in American Geography Education
International Perspectives on Geographical Education
A geographic Anthropocene ethic merges human-environment thinking, descriptions of places and regions, and spatial thinking with professional ethics. Teachers will benefit from reflecting upon what sustainability and the Anthropocene might mean for their career trajectories and overall impact on students. A pragmatic sense of place can assist educators in contextualizing global change, while at the same time illuminating complex environmental ideas for greater student learning. Derek Alderman's acronym REAL (Responsive, Engaged, Advocating, and Life-Improving) is presented as a vehicle to help teachers think about and share ethical ideas in their community. Ethics in geography differentiate between what is and what ought to be, allowing prospects for imagining future scenarios and self-correction within and among places. The format for a professional development workshop is provided to address the implications of the Anthropocene for advancing professional ethics.
Department of Geography
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Larsen, Thomas Barclay and Harrington, John, "Implications of the Anthropocene for Professional Ethics in American Geography Education" (2022). Faculty Publications. 5312.