Environmental Education, Wicked Problems and Virtue
Philosophy of Education, 2011
9 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2011 Last revised: 18 Jun 2014
Date Written: February 13, 2011
In the face of wicked problems, participation processes that are well structured can fail if participants possess traits that impede deliberation. Previous lists of virtues for deliberations should be refined to include others that are critical to getting and keeping people merely involved in participation and enabling deliberative groups to harness the epistemic advantages inherent in participatory approaches. Consequently environmental educators should endeavor to cultivate these virtues when preparing students to participate as good citizens in public processes for environmental decision making and assessment.
Keywords: Environmental education, wicked problems, public participation, environmental virtues, deliberative virtues, virtue ethics
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