ERIC Number: ED346048
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
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Reflective Teachers' Ethical Decision-Making Processes.
Lampe, Judith R.; Walsh, Sharon K.
Many indicators point to a crisis of confidence and credibility in the role of the teacher as a professional and moral leader. In response, many educational researchers are recommending that reflective teachers examine the moral and ethical issues embedded in their everyday thinking and behavior. A study was conducted, therefore, to identify and compare moral decision-making processes of education students, practicing teachers, and teacher educators by determining their corresponding stages of moral development and the factors which impact their decisions. Subjects (N=240) completed the Defining Issues Test (DIT) and educational dilemma vignettes and ranked reasons impacting their decisions. Findings provide empirical data to test the relationship between levels of ethical education, moral development, and practical dilemma decisions and to identify significant differences in the type of ethical decisions educators make and reasons that impact those decisions. Appendixes include: a list of references, the complete text of one vignette, and five tables which include DIT results for students, teachers, and teacher educators, and DIT score impact on ethical decisions. (Author/LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Defining Issues Test; Dilemma Discussion Approach; Kohlberg (Lawrence); Reflection Process
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).