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Fusing Science and Ethics: Tools for Natural Resource Educators

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dc.creator Nagel, Linda
dc.creator Nelson, Michael
dc.creator Vucetich, John
dc.date.accessioned 2008-03-20T19:46:28Z
dc.date.available 2008-03-20T19:46:28Z
dc.date.issued 2008-03-20T19:46:28Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/8162
dc.description.abstract Natural resource educators are beginning to appreciate that formal critical thinking and ethical reasoning skills are not only important but absolutely necessary tools for the 21st century natural resource professional (both scientist and manager). However, given a historic lack of formal ethical reasoning within natural resource curricula combined with the separation of the sciences from the humanities over the past 100 years, a full embracing of ethics into natural resource curricula meets with resistance. One challenge associated with incorporating ethical reasoning into natural resource curricula appears to come from a misunderstanding of the very nature of ethics. While a certain characterization of ethics makes it appear to be at odds with science, intractable, and easy to dismiss, there are ways to characterize ethics and therefore allow for ethical discourse within the natural resource curricula that melds the two in a useful way. Another challenge involves the manner in which one recognizes, confronts, and works through ethical dilemmas. We address this problem by presenting some real-world examples amenable to ethical discourse and demonstrate how to work through at least two circumstances that are familiar to wildlife and forestry professionals. Finally, we suggest a minimal set of critical thinking and ethical reasoning skills that are crucial for the education of future natural resource professionals. en
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dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.subject ethics en
dc.subject natural resource sciences en
dc.subject education en
dc.subject critical thinking en
dc.subject problem solving en
dc.title Fusing Science and Ethics: Tools for Natural Resource Educators en
dc.type Presentation en


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