ERIC Number: EJ1090948
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 69
Turkish Teachers' Accounts of Moral Dilemmas in Early Childhood Settings
Koc, Kevser; Buzzelli, Cary A.
Journal of Early Childhood Research, v14 n1 p28-42 Mar 2016
In all, 26 Turkish early childhood educators were asked to describe a moral dilemma they faced in their classroom, the circumstances that made the situation a dilemma, and why it was a moral dilemma. The dilemmas described arose from conflicts between teachers and children, teachers and parents, and teachers and administrators. Dilemmas described by experienced teachers did not differ from those of described by inexperienced teachers. Dilemmas between teachers and students reflected teachers' caring for students, while dilemmas between teachers and parents, and teachers and administrators reflected power struggles. When asked why the dilemmas were moral in nature, the teachers' responses were categorized into five areas of concern. These are a concern for children's development, children's needs, children's feelings, fairness, and honesty. Results are compared with studies conducted in the West. Implications for future research are presented.
Descriptors: Moral Issues, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Practices, Classroom Environment, Preschool Teachers, Semi Structured Interviews, Teaching Experience, Qualitative Research, Caring, Power Structure, Teacher Student Relationship, Student Needs, Affective Behavior, Justice, Ethics, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey (Ankara)