ERIC Number: EJ1042485
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
The Role of Trustworthiness in Teaching: An Examination of "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie"
Katz, Michael S.
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v33 n6 p621-633 Nov 2014
The purpose of this paper is to examine the role that trustworthiness plays in the ability of teachers to function as moral role models. Through exploration of Muriel Spark's novel, "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie," I explain some of the central features of trustworthiness as a moral virtue and suggest how these features are critical to developing moral relationships between teachers and students. I show how and why the character of Miss Jean Brodie fails to embody trustworthiness, and how moral philosophy and psychological insight are bound up with teachers' efforts to treat students well and to behave in ways that morally warrant the trust most of us typically grant them. Finally, I propose some of the important implications this analysis has for teacher education.
Descriptors: Trust (Psychology), Teacher Role, Role Models, Moral Values, Novels, Teacher Student Relationship, Philosophy, Teacher Education
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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