Search results for: Moral values
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Irish Student Teachers’ Levels of Moral Reasoning: Context, Comparisons, and Contributing Influences
This article discusses findings from a longitudinal study of the levels of moral reasoning of student teachers in an Irish university. While comparing theses students' results to international findings, it was found that the levels of moral reasoning of these students’ were higher than those of their international peers.
Updated: Oct. 29, 2017
This study investigated the relationships between Australian early years teachers’ epistemic beliefs and their beliefs about children’s moral learning. Results indicated that early years teachers held relatively sophisticated epistemic beliefs. The participants held epistemic beliefs reflecting views that knowledge is not certain; that knowledge is more than simple facts and that learning can take time; that truths are not absolute and that what is true today is not necessarily true tomorrow. With respect to beliefs about moral learning, teachers were less likely to agree that teachers had a role in children’s moral learning or that schools were the context where moral learning should take place.
Updated: Jun. 05, 2017
This article examines the integration of context-specific moral development interventions within a four-year undergraduate teacher education programme in Ireland. Results indicate statistically significant increases in levels of moral reasoning post intervention. This finding suggests that the use of a layered case-based pedagogical strategy provides students with alternative perspectives on their classroom practices and challenges their lay theories.
Updated: May. 01, 2016
On the Educational Value of Philosophical Ethics for Teacher Education: The Practice of Ethical Inquiry as Liberal Education
This paper explores the extent to which and ways in which philosophical ethics can make an educational contribution to teachers’ understanding of their practice as a distinct moral domain. Philosophical ethics is argued to facilitate two necessary features of teachers’ moral understanding of their practice. The article characterizes the educational value of these contributions as an on-going learning process of moral inquiry and practice that is best implemented through a form of liberal education. This characterization serves to distinguish it from approaches that would aim to initiate teachers into particular ethical frameworks, on the one hand, or a subjective or relativistic moral pluralism, on the other.
Updated: Nov. 03, 2015
Ethical Issues in the Teaching and Learning of Health Topics in Schools: The Conceptions of Teacher Trainees
The purpose of this paper was to examine the aspects that health education teacher trainees saw as ethically-related within the teaching and learning of health education. The findings showed that ethics was related to three themes: subject matter, ethical teacher and learning spaces. The authors conclude that the study gives some insights into how teacher trainees reflect on and express ethical aspects related to their future work. Furthermore, teacher trainees should become aware of how their perspectives may influence their teaching practices, since the teacher’s ways of seeing something may very well have an association with the way she or he will organize classroom practices.
Updated: Mar. 16, 2015
This article takes a holistic approach and reviews human capital theory from four comprehensive perspectives focusing on the methodological, empirical, practical, and moral aspects of the theory. The purpose of this article is to bridge the gap between the criticisms of human capital theory and organize them in a systematic way.
Updated: Mar. 15, 2015
Modeling as Moral Education: Documenting, Analyzing, and Addressing a Central Belief of Preservice Teachers
This study aims to describe the beliefs of preservice teachers regarding the moral work of teaching. The results reveal that the vast majority of participants expressed the belief that we can indeed teach children to be good. Furthermore, modeling as means of moral education is found to be a dominant theme in the data. Among the discussions of modeling, several sub-themes about the nature of modeling and its role in teaching are reported.
Updated: Feb. 25, 2015
This article investigates teacher identities of first-year student teachers through their practical theories. The results revealed that when student teachers begin their teacher education, the majority of positions concern didactical issues, that is, how to promote pupils’ studying and learning processes. In addition, the participants’ teacher identities as teachers strongly emphasise the moral nature of teaching. Contextual issues about school and society and matters related to content, such as the curriculum, had little representation in first-year student teacher identities.
Updated: Jan. 20, 2015
This article draws together two strands of recent work in the philosophy of education. One elaborates the implications of a semiotic theory of learning. The other draws upon economic thinking, and has a particular focus on the parameters of human decision-making over time. The article draws on a framework grounded in the commonalities that underpin this convergence, bringing together strands from a number of areas of academic inquiry. The authors argue that curricular practices are for the long term, and have an importance at least equal to, and usually greater than, the environmental priority of the moment.
Updated: Dec. 09, 2014
In this article, the authors use post-structural concepts to focus on the influence of three co-existing and interweaving perspectives: protectionist, participatory and post-structural. Each of these foregrounds different issues in the process of gaining consent for research involving children or young people.
Updated: Aug. 25, 2014