Ethics education in Australian preservice teacher programs: a hidden imperative?

Boon, Helen J., and Maxwell , Bruce (2016) Ethics education in Australian preservice teacher programs: a hidden imperative? Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 41 (5). pp. 1-20.

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Abstract

This paper provides a snapshot of the current approach to ethics education in accredited Australian pre-service teacher programs. Methods included a manual calendar search of ethics related subjects required in teacher programs using a sample of 24 Australian universities and a survey of 26 university representatives. Findings show a paucity of required standalone ethics subjects in the pre-service teacher training programs despite recent accreditation requirements by AITSL. When analysed by program type, the prevalence of an ethics related subject requirement in pre-service teacher programs revealed a concerning trend; post graduate programs, as a general rule, had a much lower prevalence of a mandatory ethics-related subject, including those subjects which are traditionally used as vehicles for embedding ethics, such as the Foundations of Education. Notwithstanding, all respondents agreed that the value of ethics in pre-service teacher programs is irrefutable. Implications for further research are discussed.

Item ID: 44209
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: curriculum and instruction, higher education, social and philosophical foundations of education, preservice teachers, ethics
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ISSN: 1835-517X
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2016 22:49
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified @ 25%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development @ 75%
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