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ERIC Number: ED408065
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1320-6648
An Enforceable Code of Ethics: What Do Practitioners Think?
Pollnitz, Lois
Journal of Australian Research in Early Childhood Education, v1 p81-90 1997
As part of a larger project begun three years after the adoption of the Australian Early Childhood Association (AECA) Code of Ethics, this study sought practitioners' views about formal enforcement of a code of ethics for early childhood personnel. Questionnaires were sent to directors of 200 early childhood services in New South Wales; about 225 practitioners in 109 centers responded. The results of the study confirm that the majority of practitioners, regardless of their situation, qualifications, position of responsibility, or experience, perceive ethical issues as worth struggling with intellectually, and are committed to adherence to a uniform code of ethics for early childhood personnel. Though opinion is divided about whether adherence should be voluntary or compulsory, and about what body should be responsible for monitoring adherence to a code, there is a detectable tendency for those practitioners with more years of experience to record positive responses to the notion of compulsory adherence and enforcement by a professional body. Despite their strong support for action to be taken for code violation, practitioners' preference for appropriate action is limited to counseling and reprimand. (Contains 11 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia