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Working with Children and Young People

Ethical Debates and Practices Across Disciplines and Continents


Edited By Anne Campbell and Pat Broadhead

This book provides an interdisciplinary perspective on working with young people, focusing on education, health and social work, and draws on projects and perspectives from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and Australia. The volume highlights the ethical challenges and dilemmas as these and other services are integrated and addresses how ethical practices are confronted and shared across disciplines.
The first section looks at professional practice; the second foregrounds children’s and young people’s voices and is especially concerned with children and young people as co-researchers. Subjects addressed within the text include sex education, health education, custodial care, confidentiality and gaining consent, ethical issues around ICT and researching with vulnerable populations.
The book is intended for both scholars and practitioners. It places examples in clearly articulated theoretical frameworks as well as considering professional principles and practice.


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Bridget Cooper 7 Valuing the human in the design and use of technology in education: An ethical approach to the digital age of learning Globalization, society and learning: The ethical challenges for technology Ethics is a complex and evolving area, engaging with fundamental ques- tions about what constitutes a ‘moral’ society and a ‘desirable’ education. If education is to have a worthy goal, it must aspire to enhancing human skills such as imagination, creativity, intellect, empathy and communication, all of which can be multiplied through the collaboration of conscious minds across the globe. Internet users can rapidly access vast electronic databases of knowledge, research and experience. As bandwidth improves, individuals and groups create and share vast libraries of video, film and photography with real-time debate, utilizing an ever-extending range of data capture and communication tools, embedded with artificial intelligence. Multi-modal tools (Kress and van Leeuwen 2001) enable us to know distant human beings more intimately, to enter each other’s worlds and share understand- ings. Some might say that furthering wisdom through technological inter- action has never been easier. However this chapter will consider some of the moral and af fective issues in learning with technology, the challenges faced by designers and how empathic design might positively or negatively impact on the creation and deployment of educational technology for the benefit of human kind. The internet, which supports global communication, learning and research, is taken for granted, yet has been commonly available for less 124 Bridget Cooper than twenty years and...

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