Eighteen participants from Scotland and Ireland met with Nicola Boyce and Soren Kayser who led a workshop about handling moral dilemmas in practice. The day started with an introduction about SPPA and the topic followed by the discussion about moral dilemmas.
Below is a reflection of the content of the day.
Many challenges occur on a daily basis in social pedagogical practice but not all of them are moral dilemmas. In a moral dilemma there are two mutually exclusive actions and you have a moral obligation to act. Moreover, one obligation does not outweigh the other. When addressing moral dilemmas pertinent questions provide a framework:
1. Is it really a moral dilemma? Opening up a reflective space to check the problem meets the criteria of a moral dilemma.
2. What are the rationales and importance of each option open to practitioners?
3. Check if there's a social pedagogical 'third' option?
4. If you still have to choose between two options, ask yourself 'could I accept the actions and its consequences if I were in his or her shoes?'
5. Check if there are new options opened up along the way? Many apparently intractable moral dilemmas do find a solution.
Participants brought their own moral dilemmas and this was discussed.
SPPA in Scotland meeting
Towards the end of the day, Claire facilitated a discussion to shape the future of SPPA in Scotland. SPPA helped generate much enthusiasm for a higher profile for social pedagogy in Scotland. We will be reporting on their next steps in future editions of the newsletter.
A full day course for anyone who works with, or volunteers in, any aspect of social care or education with children or adults, and who experiences professional moral dilemmas. The speakers will work with a variety of methods, including presentations, discussions and reflection in groups.
Moral dilemmas are daily challenges in social pedagogy. Soren and Nicola will introduce a reflection model designed to handle moral dilemmas, and you will get a chance to apply it, reflecting on your own moral dilemmas.
In this course you will:
•Learn a model of reflection for moral dilemmas
•Reflect in groups on moral dilemmas from your own practice
•Learn about the philosophical ethics behind the model
•Discuss important values in social pedagogy
•Learn about the values in social pedagogical practice
After the course you’ll will be able to reflect on moral dilemmas in a way that will lead to ethically grounded and pedagogically tenable ways of action.
09:30 - 17:30
The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre
25 Palmerston Place