ERIC Number: ED146119
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov-23
Reference Count: 0
Exploring Professional, Ethical and Legal Dimensions of Social Studies Teachers' Rights and Responsibilities: Implications for NCSS "Standards for Social Studies Teachers."
Schneider, Donald O.
A comprehensive statement of teacher rights and responsibilities must consider the nature of the teaching profession, ethical standards, and legal dimensions. Precision in defining these areas as they relate to social studies teachers is difficult due to disagreement about purposes and approaches to social studies, lack of practitioner support of the profession, and low regard for the field by students, administrators, and the public. These factors, combined with indications that teaching qualifies only as a semiprofession, contribute toward a particularly low status for the social studies teacher. Recent teacher militancy has generally sought and won gains in areas of salaries and working conditions rather than policy and status. Dilemmas related to ethical principles and behavior of teachers can be resolved if students, parents, and administrators share in the process of decision making. Although organizations such as the National Council for the Social Studies, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the American Association of University Professors are actively concerned with teacher rights and responsibilities, principles which evolve from professional organizations are not necessarily practiced in public school systems. Courts have recently begun to come to grips with the legal dimensions of teachers' ethical behavior. Court cases are identified which relate to freedom to teach, freedom of speech and association outside the classroom, standards for teacher assessment, and legal rights of students. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Civil Rights, Court Role, Educational Legislation, Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethics, Evaluation, Guidelines, Intellectual Disciplines, Legal Responsibility, Literature Reviews, Professional Personnel, Public Opinion, Social Studies, Standards, Status, Student Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Responsibility, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Cincinnati, Ohio, November 23-26, 1977)