ERIC Number: ED347138
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Education in the Fourth Dimension. Teachers and Their Value Commitments. CRIS Perspectives on the School.
Gorman, Michael J.
Independent schools have traditionally held the view that education must address the whole person, not only the intellectual, artistic, and physical dimensions of life but also the fourth dimension, the spiritual or religious dimension. The spiritual dimension has a place in school life, and character development or moral education is primarily the duty of the school faculty. The Council for Religion in Independent Schools (CRIS) conducted a survey of independent school heads on the role that moral values and character have in the teacher's responsibilities and in selection of teaching staff. The most frequently listed personal values that the 21 school heads looked for in teachers were integrity and love of youth. The social values most cited were concern for others and social awareness and conscience. Nearly one-half indicated that they look for evidence of specific values when recruiting and interviewing. Various interview techniques were used to elicit this information. Varying approaches were taken by the heads with regard to incorporating moral values criteria into teacher evaluations and inservice education. The heads were asked to list and rank several faculty roles. The most commonly listed role was role model or moral example, followed by listener and counselor. Most respondents indicated that they found no conflict between their search for academically excellent teachers and the search for moral or spiritual individuals. (IAH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Religion in Independent Schools, Washington, DC.
Note: Excerpts from a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Independent Schools (Atlanta, GA, 1989). Reprinted with permission from the June 1990 SAIS report.