The complexities of ethical decision-making: A study of prospective teachers' learning (2008)

Journal of Applied Research on Learning, Vol. 2, No. 1, Article 2, 2008

This research study uses a process of case inquiry to examine the ability of students in an education program at an Ontario university to link abstract theory to the future demands of ethical professional practice.

The study involved 52 students enrolled in the third year of a five-year program that combines undergraduate study and education courses. Over the course of a year, each participant engaged in four case studies and prepared reflection logs for each one. The cases dealt with the kinds of situations faced by both new and experienced educators, including an elementary teacher dealing with a challenging student and his family; a student teacher’s efforts to manage a classroom; and a teacher trying to balance the needs of all students in an inclusive classroom.

The content of the students’ reflections was analyzed, and themes and patterns were noted.

Participants acknowledged their emerging awareness of the need to understand and appreciate the Ethical Standards for the Teaching Profession, developed by the Ontario College of Teachers in 2006 and consisting of key statements that capture the responsibilities of all educators. The statements challenged some of the undergraduates’ views and assumptions about their responsibilities not only to their students, but to other stakeholders in the school community.

Given the ethical standards set out for teachers, the case-based inquiry process showed the students that dilemmas in the practice of teaching are present every day and can induce anxiety.

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Lorenzo Cherubini. The complexities of ethical decision-making: A study of prospective teachers' learning 2008. Web. 15 Aug. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/jarl/complexities/complexities.pdf>
Lorenzo Cherubini (2008). The complexities of ethical decision-making: A study of prospective teachers' learning. Retrieved August 15, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/jarl/complexities/complexities.pdf
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