ERIC Number: ED418906
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
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How Finnish Teachers Identify and Solve Moral Dilemmas at School: A Case Study.
This study investigated the strategies that teachers apply to moral dilemmas they encounter in their professional conduct. The case study explored the moral dilemmas as identified by 33 teachers from one particular lower-secondary school near Helsinki (Finland). In personal interviews the teachers were asked to identify the difficult moral dilemmas they had faced in their professional conduct and were encouraged to give as much detail as possible. The teachers were then asked the strategies they had used in their attempts to solve the dilemmas and evaluate whether they thought the strategies were effective enough. An ethos questionnaire was administered to the teachers to measure their orientation to problem solving. The remainder of the report focuses on the reasoning behind teachers' solving strategies for these dilemmas and the different orientations in teachers' strategies in solving professional moral dilemmas. The four main categories of moral dilemmas identified by the teachers include: (1) matters related to teachers' work; (2) pupils' work moral; (3) the rights of minority groups; and (4) common rules in school. (EH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, May 24-26, 1997).