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ERIC Number: ED454175
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 10
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What Can We Learn from Teachers' Moral Mistakes?
Tirri, Kirsi
This paper discusses teachers' moral mistakes, using data from 59 teacher interviews, 26 teacher written responses, and 98 ninth grade student written responses. Teachers and students described incidents in their schools that made them reflect on the moral nature of the situation. The most common moral dilemmas in schools related to teacher behavior, particularly misuse of authority. Usually, these conflicts centered on punishing or grading students and sensitive matters students had shared in confidence with teachers. Students also identified teacher behaviors that reflected neglectful and biased attitudes toward students. Both groups believed that schools used teachers' autonomous decision making to solve moral dilemmas. The lesson learned was that teachers should be guided to reflect on their role and authority in solving conflicts with students. Another dilemma was that teachers failed to protect students in conflicts involving colleagues. The lesson learned was that teachers needed training to handle collegial conflicts that hurt their students. Some of the conflicts reported in the study concerned dilemmas when a teacher had to stand against the whole community to protect the rights of a student. The lesson learned was that teacher education should promote communicative action and moral discourse. (Contains 14 references and 3 tables.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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