ERIC Number: EJ817786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
Teacher Candidate Disposition: Moral Judgement or Regurgitation?
Johnson, Lisa E.
Journal of Moral Education, v37 n4 p429-444 Dec 2008
Developing teacher candidates who are able to make moral judgements to equitably resolve classroom dilemmas, conduct student assessment and allocate resources is critical for today's diverse classrooms and should be part of fostering professional disposition. However, one challenge of incorporating dispositions in teacher education and a valid argument for those opposing the trend is how to accurately assess growth in the development of teacher candidates. This study investigates two measures of moral judgement and explores the congruence between these assessments. Findings indicate inconsistency in the congruence between the quantitative assessment (Defining Issues Test 2) of moral judgement and qualitative data (teacher candidate written assignments), suggesting an inaccurate picture of teacher candidate disposition. Patterns of incongruence are explored and linked to specific phases of moral judgement followed by suggestions for teacher education programs on building congruent assessments. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Decision Making, Moral Values, Conflict Resolution, Classroom Techniques, Preservice Teachers, Personality, Moral Development, Assignments, Measures (Individuals), Comparative Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Defining Issues Test