As presented at Sree Kerala Varma College, Thrissur – UGC sponsored National Seminar, Organised by the Department of Philosophy
INTEGRATING RESPONSIBLE EDUCATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
THROUGH TEACHER-TAUGHT RELATIONAL ETHICS
Globalization has challenged us to rethink not only how much education is required but also the mode and the environment in which it is delivered. The new information technologies open up new avenues of teaching and learning. The Society that is more concerned about its future should also be concerned about their students. The learning environment is directly influenced by the teacher-taught relationship contributing to the learning process and motivating the students for appropriate learning outcomes. The relational ethics which is beyond the normal code of conduct and teachers duty, comes into lime light and receives greater attention nowadays. These are exhibited by teachers during the negotiation of fixing the relationship boundaries, thereby balancing the care ethics as well as productive level of control on students. It is very essential to discuss how teachers are socially and emotionally connected with the students to realise the relationship tension they undergo while providing education for Responsible Growth and Sustainable Development. The Sustainable Development is the United Nation backed initiative (2005-2014) to promote corporate responsibility through formal education.
The four elements of care ethics in the teacher-taught relationship are identified as – Attentiveness, Responsibility, Competence, and Responsiveness. The cooperative, inquiry, and experiential learning environment is identified as the lead contributors to quality enhancement of educational outcome and a reflection of responsible education for sustainable development. The teacher plays the most vital role by identifying the inferred and expressed needs of the students through observation and interactive methods. The teachers role in promoting Sustainability, Equity, Interdependence and Responsibility for action through adopting a ethical care perspective, has a lot to contibute through the Higher Education Platform mobilising Sustainable Development in all fields.
Keywords: Responsible Education, Relational Ethics, Ethical Care, Sustainable Development