ERIC Number: ED347668
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Moral and Ethical Dilemmas in Schools.
Campbell, C. Elizabeth
Findings of a study that examined the nature of moral and ethical conflict and accommodation within the schools are presented in this paper, which introduces the conceptual framework of a larger empirical study in progress. The study attempted to: (1) describe the ethical conflict and moral dilemmas faced by teachers and principals; and (2) investigate individuals' actions and beliefs to determine whether an awareness of personal value issues exists. Interviews were conducted with a total of 30 respondents: 5 elementary and 5 secondary principals, and 10 elementary and 10 secondary teachers. Findings indicate that for teachers, professional, collegial loyalty was a dominant measure of moral/ethical action. A conclusion is that individual moral codes often conflict with the entrenched ethical dimensions of the school culture and that conflicts and implicitly valuational resolutions can be expected. (75 references) (LMI)
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 (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).