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ERIC Number: EJ1076707
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7925
Is Ethical Sensitivity in Teaching Culturally Bound? Comparing Finnish and Iranian Teachers' Ethical Sensitivity
Gholami, Khalil; Kuusisto, Elina; Tirri, Kirsi
Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, v45 n6 p886-907 2015
In this study, we investigated the culture-invariant and culture-dependent nature of teachers' ethical sensitivity in two countries. Our case study involves teachers from Finland (n = 864) representing Western culture, and from Iran (n = 556) representing Eastern culture. Culturally bound elements of ethical sensitivity were studied with the Ethical Sensitivity Scale Questionnaire. The analyses revealed that 'Caring by connecting to others' is a central, culturally invariant dimension of ethical sensitivity in both cultures. In the dimensions of ethical sensitivity, the dimension of 'Taking the perspective of others' is particularly dependent on culture, given the differences in the cultural dimensions of power distance and the collectivity of the countries studied.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland; Iran
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