Raising the bar: ethics education for quality teachers

Boon, Helen J. (2011) Raising the bar: ethics education for quality teachers. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 36 (7). pp. 76-93.

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Since the 1970s an 'ethics boom' has occurred to counter the disappearance of ethics education from tertiary institutions. This 'boom' appears to be absent from teacher education programs in Australia and the United States.

Given persistent calls to enhance teacher quality this is problematic because quality teaching is inexorably linked to teachers' beliefs, values and professional ethics.

This case study, conducted in a regional Australian university, was designed to document examples of ethical dilemmas faced by pre-service and practising teachers, to explore pre-service teachers' perceptions of ethics education and to examine the BEd course curriculum for ethics subjects across the four-year degree course.

Results highlight a need for teacher training courses to include ethical philosophy units. This represents a sustainable way to support professional practice and enhance teacher quality, by preparing and equipping teachers with techniques to explore and teach complex ethical issues in the classroom.

Item ID: 17412
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1835-517X
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2011 06:26
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education @ 20%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators @ 50%
22 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220107 Professional Ethics (incl police and research ethics) @ 30%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development @ 100%
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