ERIC Number: ED431742
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Moral Bases of Accountability: What I Learned through My Seminar on Accountability.
Tom, Alan R.
This paper outlines the moral underpinnings of results-oriented accountability, drawing on lessons learned while teaching a seminar on accountability and highlighting the development of accountability policy in North Carolina. The paper notes that contemporary thinking about results-oriented accountability "reeks" of moral judgment. It contends that the widespread support for results-oriented accountability cannot be understood apart from identifying and depicting its fundamentally moral basis. It takes an expansive view of the moral in education, suggesting that the moral can go considerably beyond the question of the teaching of basic values and proper conduct. Beyond that realm, the paper considers the moral as embodying both the quality of the student-teacher relationship and the decision about which content is important enough to be included in the school curriculum. After describing the seminar, the paper discusses the moral responses of students and looks at the amoral readings. Next, it examines the moral roots of accountability. Finally, the paper discusses the reorientation of next year's seminar after the experience with North Carolina's accountability policy. (Contains 18 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina