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ERIC Number: ED424229
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-13
Pages: 8
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Teachers' and Students' Views on Distributing Justice at School.
Tirri, Kirsi
This study investigated the views of 33 Finnish teachers and 120 of their 9th-grade students on justice at their school. Data came from structured teacher and student interviews and from students' written essays. Teachers and students identified situations in their school where they questioned the fairness of the distribution of conditions and goods affecting their lives. Results indicated that participants were interested in the concept of justice, but teachers' and students' views differed. The most common moral dilemmas teachers and students identified related to teachers' work. In matters related to teachers' work, teachers advocated the principle of need (and sometimes equity) in distributing justice. Students viewed the principles of equality and equity to be just values in distributing justice related to teachers' work. Regarding distribution of goods, students preferred the value of equality. In distributing discipline, students preferred the value of equity. Regarding student behavior, teachers preferred the value of need as the guiding value. In conflicts between home and school, teachers used the principle of equity to weigh their values. Students emphasized aspects of procedural justice and did not emphasize distributive justice regarding student behavior. Regarding minority group rights, teachers emphasized the value of equity in finding a balance between Finnish culture and student ethnicity. Students viewed the value of equality as the guiding principle in the treatment of all students. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland