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ERIC Number: ED442794
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-25
Pages: 20
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Teaching about "The Moral Classroom": A Moral Lens for Reflecting on Practice.
Joseph, Pamela Bolotin
This paper presents the theoretical perspectives that supported one university instructor's rationale for teaching seminars on the Moral Classroom, examining her understanding of her experiences. The first section discusses her rationale for offering the Moral Classroom for new practitioners and experienced teachers, which stemmed from three perspectives: the teacher education literature about the moral dimensions of teaching; moral development theory (particularly as related to moral complexity); and the concept of moral imagination from the fields of philosophy, psychology, and education. The next section offers an overview of the seminars, focusing on: the curricular choices the instructor made in developing the content and activities; the students' questions that initially drew them to the seminars; what the students considered valuable aspects of the course; and descriptions of several individuals' work in the seminars. Successes in teaching these seminars included: students gained a variety of insights, learning to view themselves as moral educators rather than just classroom managers; many learned to see the role of teacher as a moral presence; and students acquired a moral language to talk about the dilemmas in teaching in their schools. An appendix presents the Moral Classroom reading assignments. (Contains 53 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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