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ERIC Number: ED448128
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
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Sightlines: Collaborating toward New Vantage Points.
Abeshaus, Michelle; Feather, Bonnie
This paper examines how teachers begin to think about ethics. A partnership between one elementary educator and one doctoral student writing her dissertation on educational ethics was formed. The project has grown to include four vantage points, or sightlines for viewing this issue. The four views come: (1) through the lenses provided by the philosophy of education from educational researchers like John Goodlad, Hugh Sockett, and Nell Noddings; (2) from the classroom (via participants' observations and from conversations engendered from these observations); (3) from evaluation of teachers' rationales for teaching as they do, particularly as these rationales touch on ethical issues; and (4) from an assessment of the effectiveness of the collaboration in light of the goals for critical colleagueship. The researchers established a research model utilizing ethnographic, critical incident, and theoretical methodologies. These approaches were centered on establishing a relationship that connected classroom observation, directed reading, and frequent communication. Together, these components fostered a conversational loop, a focused critical dialogue that expanded participants' understanding of, and interest in, the moral dimensions of classroom practice. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Conference on the Social and Moral Fabric of School Life at Seattle Pacific University (Seattle, WA, October 14-16, 1999).