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ERIC Number: EJ1083888
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1085-3545
Ethics in Teaching for Democracy and Social Justice
Hytten, Kathy
Democracy & Education, v23 n2 Article 1 2015
In this essay, I offer provocations toward an ethics of teaching for democracy and social justice. I argue that while driven by compelling macro social and political visions, social justice teachers do not pay sufficient attention to the moral dimensions of micro, classroom-level interactions in their work. I begin by describing social justice education. I then discuss the ways in which social justice educators have talked about issues of ethics in their work in terms of broad political visions, and in response to resistant students and charges of liberal bias. I illustrate gaps in these efforts, particularly in relation to work in teacher ethics. I end with some ethical considerations for activist teachers, framed in three area of virtue and offer examples of a powerful ethical habit related to each virtue.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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