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ERIC Number: ED447131
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov-16
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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Perceived Responsibility of Prospective Teachers for the Moral Development of Their Students.
Henson, Robin K.
This study investigated who preservice teachers considered responsible for the moral development of their students. The study involved a qualitative examination of the journal responses of 30 preservice teachers to two questions: the extent to which schools are moral environments and the extent to which it is the teacher's responsibility to foster moral development in his or her students. Student teachers' journals addressed the role of the school or community, the teacher, and the parents. Respondents believed that schools are moral environments, essentially due to the inherent morality of the teaching process. They saw teachers as moral leaders and moralizing agents who should take some responsibility for developing students' belief systems. Student teachers felt that teachers must assume responsibility, though they were divided into four groups as to how and why. Not all respondents believed that schools and teachers should assume the role of moral development. Many indicated that the home environment or the parent was very responsible for moral development of the child. Secondary education majors tended to feel that schools had failed in the goal of being moral. (Contains 26 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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