ERIC Number: ED407407
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Understanding Professional Ethics. Fastback 403.
Wagner, Paul A.
Training in ethics helps professionals to act as moral persons in the practice of their profession, developing an eye for subtlety and detail in matters of morality. A professional code of ethics does not provide a set of "do's and don'ts" for every situation; rather, its purpose is to draw the professional's attention to the most important moral considerations. This "fastback" deals with the following: rights and duties of professionals; the special duties of teachers (duty to students, colleagues, discipline, the school team, the profession, funding sources, parents, and community); the relationship of ethics to school district policies; a checklist for ethics to help a teacher determine obligations in a morally perplexing situation; being "other regarding" as a rule of thumb; and the need for a board of ethics for every community of teachers. The "Code of Ethics of the Education Profession," adopted by the National Education Association Representative Assembly in 1975, is appended. (ND)
Descriptors: Codes of Ethics, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethical Instruction, Ethics, Integrity, Moral Values, Teacher Responsibility, Teacher Role
Phi Delta Kappa, 408 N. Union, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402-0789.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa, Bloomington, IN.