ERIC Number: ED453203
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
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Perspectives on the Ethical Bases of Moral Agency in Teaching.
Campbell, Elizabeth; Thiessen, Dennis
This paper introduces a qualitative study, currently in progress, entitled "The Moral and Ethical Bases of Teachers' Interactions with Students." The main focus of the study is the teacher's role as moral agent and the orientations within the classroom toward issues of right and wrong as identified by teachers and the researchers. The primary intent is to combine empirical investigation and philosophical inquiry in order to explore teachers' ethical knowledge related to both what they hope to teach and model for students and how they hope to govern their own behavior. This paper explores some of the theoretical complexities of the study and presents some of the interview and observation data gathered to date, focused primarily on the case of one teacher. The study emphasizes four areas: classroom rules, routines, and norms that influence student behavior; choice of materials; teaching approaches; and evaluation and assessment. To date, the research suggests that a level of ethical knowledge does exist for some teachers, study participants showed a self- conscious awareness of what they try to do in their capacity as moral agents and expressed a reflective acknowledgement of the virtues and principles they are imparting and modeling. (Contains 47 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
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