ERIC Number: ED384584
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Silver Bells and Cockle Shells: A Study of the Conceptions of Teachers about Humane and Ethical Behavior between Colleagues.
Because the practice of humane and ethical behavior among faculty is crucial for a healthy and harmonious environment in a school, this research studied the conceptions of such behavior among a group of teachers through examination of personal narratives. The study identified situations and experiences where humane ethical behavior occurred according to the accounts of teachers and attempted to determine what their mental states were in that context. All the teachers were members of the same faculty and the researcher was a participant observer. Analysis of the data showed that teachers want to practice ethical and humane behavior, but seldom like to reflect on it. Teachers are not legalistic or rule-oriented, are open and vulnerable, are inclined to listen but are not apt to tell colleagues what to do. They are also patient, thoughtful, receptive to new ideas, and have a wide range of interests. The teachers who are most reflective seem more inclined to be magnanimous teachers who appear secure and comfortable with themselves. They are also committed to caring and dedicated to what they are doing. They like adults as well as young people and do not fear getting outside themselves. An appendix contains some of the study's observations in a "fictionalized" narrative format illustrated with figures. (Contains 72 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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 17-22, 1995).