Beginning Teacher Disposition: Examining the Moral/Ethical Domain

Jul. 16, 2007

Source: Teaching and Teacher Education, Volume 23, Issue 5, July 2007, P. 676-68

As the push for high-quality teachers continues, many colleges of education, teacher induction programs, and professional development supervisors are left wondering about the role dispositions play in effective teaching. This study seeks to explore the definition of dispositions as teacher professional judgment and professional action in the moral/ethical domain of adult cognition.

By assessing beginning teacher judgment both quantitatively and qualitatively, convergence between predicted and observed patterns was found in addition to congruence between teacher judgment and action. Based on the findings of convergence and congruence, implications for teacher education and development are made.

Updated: May. 12, 2008