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ERIC Number: EJ898695
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Ethics Today in Early Care and Education: Review, Reflection, and the Future
Feeney, Stephanie
Young Children, v65 n2 p72-77 Mar 2010
A strong foundation in professional ethics, which includes knowledge of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Code of Ethical Conduct and skill in applying it to the real-life workplace, is an essential part of the professional repertoire of every early childhood educator. Two-and-a-half decades ago, NAEYC saw the need to help educators meet the growing challenges with moral implications that arose in their work with children birth through age 8. The Association articulated educators' deeply rooted values and established guidelines for practice. A five-year development process followed and involved leaders in the early childhood education field and NAEYC members. This led to the first Code of Ethical Conduct, which is still followed today. Since that first NAEYC Governing Board approval 20 years ago, the Code has continued to be reviewed regularly and revised as needed. This article celebrates NAEYC's accomplishments with regard to professional ethics and looks at how this work may move forward in the future. In this writing the author describes the ethical journey of early care and education in the United States, explains why ethics is so important for early childhood educators, and shares some hopes for the future of ethics in early childhood education. (Contains 5 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A