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ERIC Number: ED425133
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Pages: 13
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How Finnish Teachers View Their Professional Ethos: A Case Study.
Tirri, Kirsi
This study explored the main characteristics of professional morality according to Finnish secondary school teachers. Participants were 33 teachers from an urban Finnish secondary school with a heterogeneous student population. Teachers were asked to identify the most common moral dilemmas they had experienced in the teaching profession and to discuss their problem-solving strategies when dealing with the dilemmas. During the structured interviews, the participants described their subjective theories of teachers' professional ethos. Data analysis used Oser's model of teachers' ethos as the underlying taxonomy to examine the subjective theories expressed by teachers in the theoretical framework of justice, caring, truthfulness, and commitment. Results indicated that the highest percentage of teachers emphasized commitment as an indicator of teachers with a high professional ethos. The second most common dimension of teachers' ethos according to the teachers was justice. One-quarter of the teachers rated justice as an important quality. Only 12 percent of the teachers mentioned truthfulness, and 9 percent of the teachers mentioned care, as important qualities for teachers with a high professional ethos. (Contains 30 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland