ERIC Number: ED370692
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: 0
Our Code of Ethics at Work. Australian Early Childhood Resource Booklets No. 2.
Everyone who works with Australian children in early childhood services, regardless of their role or the type of service, faces ethical dilemmas in their work. These situations are complex and not easily resolved. The Australian Early Childhood Association (AECA) Code of Ethics can give guidance in grappling with complicated issues faced in early childhood service. It reminds early childhood professionals what is important in working with young children and their families, with colleagues, in the community, and within the profession. It reaffirms the primary commitment to the well-being of children, regardless of the setting or the role played. This booklet contains the text of the AECA Code of Ethics. It includes background information on the code, such as definitions of key words and phrases, and an explanation of the basis for a code of ethics. It also includes a discussion of the following questions concerning the code: (1) Why do we need one?; (2) Who benefits from having a code?; (3) To whom does the code apply?; (4) How was it developed?; (5) How is the code relevant to the average practitioner?; (6) How does a code of ethics differ from a policy statement, regulations, or other legal obligations?; (7) How will it be enforced?; (8) Is it fixed for all time--that is, will it change?; and (9) What can a code achieve? (TJQ)
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Codes of Ethics, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Ethical Instruction, Ethics, Foreign Countries, Integrity, Moral Issues, Moral Values, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Behavior
Australian Early Childhood Association, Inc., P.O. Box 105, Watson, Australian Capital Territory 2602, Australia ($6.25 Australian).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Australian Early Childhood Association, Inc., Watson.
Identifiers: Australia; Professional Ethics
Note: For a related document, see PS 022 368.