ERIC Number: EJ849803
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 5
Teachers' Ethical Dilemmas: What Would You Do?
Bucholz, Jessica L.; Keller, Cassandra L.; Brady, Michael P.
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v40 n2 p60-64 Nov-Dec 2007
Educators will face a variety of ethical and moral dilemmas throughout their teaching careers; however, they do not have a common board that governs its members' ethical behavior. Instead, there are numerous educational organizations that have written their own specific codes for ethical behavior. The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) has developed a code of ethics for educators who work with persons with exceptionalities. Additionally, the National Education Association (NEA) has developed a code of ethics for educators with various roles in the profession. Resolving ethical dilemmas requires difficult educational decisions that do not always have a clear-cut "right" answer. In this article, the authors present several short vignettes of ethical dilemmas that both veteran and novice teachers have faced. The authors then ask readers to consider the possible solutions for these examples and ask them what they would do if faced with similar situation. Finally, the authors analyze each vignette using either the NEA's and CEC's code of ethics, identify ethical indicators that cover the situation, and propose a solution for each dilemma based on the code. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Moral Issues, Teacher Responsibility, Interpersonal Relationship, Conflict, Ethics, Professional Associations, Behavior, Standards
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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