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ERIC Number: ED433940
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Ethical Conflicts in Early Childhood Education.
Tirri, Kirsi
This study investigated ethical conflicts in early childhood education as experienced by early education teachers. The study's focus was the themes and main interactive relationships involved in such conflicts. Twenty-six Finnish kindergarten and elementary teachers were asked to write about a real-life moral dilemma they had experienced in their work and to provide a just solution to it. Data were gathered during an inservice training on ethical issues in teaching. The written reports were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. The different perspectives of teachers, colleagues, and parents were analyzed by the values and virtues presented in the stories. Findings showed that the majority of conflicts involved relationships between a teacher and parents. Other ethical dilemmas involved conflicts between a teacher and a colleague; and some dilemmas concerned conflicts between a teacher and the whole community (for example, in fighting for a child to remain in a classroom rather than be transferred to special education). Teachers referred frequently to the basic needs of children as the guiding value in solving the ethical conflicts in their work. The most frequently mentioned moral virtues of a teacher included bravery, truthfulness, and justice. (Contains 16 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland