ERIC Number: ED302504
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Does a Professional Code of Ethics Exist for Teachers? An Investigation of the Operation of Ethical Codes in Daily Teacher Decision Making.
Mead, J. V.
This paper is a pilot study of teacher ethics in daily decision making. Based on 13 interviews, the teachers described critical incidents they considered significant. Informants also performed role playing in which they described the important qualities of their present position to their replacement. The discussion highlights the reasons why the informant became a teacher. Categories were developed and the strong influence of school-based role models were discussed. Another section presents analysis of how the teacher and student interact on the major values of equality and individual needs. The major finding regarding the personalization of an ethical code is explored. The final section suggests a model for explaining how teachers operate ethically on a day to day basis. The analysis assesses the relative perceived weight attributed to various sources of ethical conduct. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988).