Professionalism and Ethics in Teaching

Professionalism and Ethics in Teaching

Professionalism and Ethics in Teaching

Professionalism and Ethics in Teaching

Synopsis

Professionalism and Ethics in Teaching presents a thought-provoking and stimulating study of the moral dimensions of the teaching professions.After discussing the moral implications of professionalism, Carr explores the relationship of education theory to teaching practice and the impact of this relationship on professional expertise. He then identifies and examines some central ethical and moral issues in education and teaching. Finally David Carr gives a detailed analysis of a range of issues concerning the role of the teacher and the managements of educational issues. Professionalism and Ethics in Teaching presents a thought-provoking and stimulating study of the moral dimensions of the teaching professions.

Excerpt

Professional ethics is now acknowledged as a field of study in its own right. Much of its recent development has resulted from rethinking traditional medical ethics in the light of new moral problems arising out of advances in medical science and technology. Applied philosophers, ethicists and lawyers have devoted considerable energy to exploring the dilemmas emerging from modern health-care practices and their effect on the practitioner-patient relationship.

Beyond health care, other groups have begun to think critically about the kind of service they offer and about the nature of the relationship between provider and recipient. In many areas of life, social, political and technological changes have challenged both traditional ideas of practice and underlying conceptions of what professions are. Competing trends towards 'professionalisation' on the one hand (via, for example, the proliferation of codes of ethics, or of professional conduct), and towards challenging the power of the traditional 'liberal professions' on the other, have required exploration of the concepts of 'profession' and 'professional'.

The author of this volume argues a case for viewing the professions as moral projects; and teaching and education as genuine professions. He takes issue with views of teaching as simply competence based and of the teacher as technician. In the face of modern sceptical positions he explores the moral role of the teacher and the goals of teaching.

The Professional Ethics book series seeks to examine ethical issues in the professions and related areas both critically and constructively. Individual volumes address issues relevant to all professional groups, such as the nature of a profession and the function and value of codes of ethics. Other volumes examine issues relevant to particular professions, including those which have

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