Adaptation and validation of a test of ethical sensitivity in teaching

Maxwell, Bruce, Boon, Helen, Tanchuk, Niccolas, and Rauwerda, Bryan (2020) Adaptation and validation of a test of ethical sensitivity in teaching. Journal of Moral Education. (In Press)

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Abstract

This article documents the adaptation, piloting and validation of a measure of teachers' ethical sensitivity. To create the test, we modified a measure from dentistry drawing on literature in teacher professional ethics and drew on the expertise of professional ethics scholars and practitioners. Based on the results of Rasch analysis combined with traditional approaches to psychometric validation, the instrument was found to be a valid and reliable means of discerning levels of ethical sensitivity within the group of participants. However, participants' lack of ethical sensitivity as revealed by overall low scores, we contend, lends credence to concerns that teacher education programs may not be adequately preparing future teachers to meet expectations in connection with the ethical dimensions of the profession. In conclusion, we call for further research on pre- and in-service teachers' capacity to perceive, reason about and react appropriately to ethical situations encountered at work.

Item ID: 63436
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1465-3877
Keywords: teacher; ethics; Rasch analysis; ethical ;sensitivity; preservice;
Copyright Information: © 2020 Journal of Moral Education Ltd
Funders: Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC)
Projects and Grants: SSHRCC grant number: 430-2016-01208
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2020 00:59
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development @ 100%
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