London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

How Teachers and Students Feel and Understand the Ethical Dimension of the Teacher’s Profession

Author(s) Vacek, P., Lašek, J  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2006  
Editor A. Ross, Citizenship Education: Europe and the World  
Language English  
Age group -  
The teacher’s ethical influence is crucial in developing civic attitudes in pupils and students. We examine ethical aspects of teaching and compare opinions on what is considered ethical and unethical by practicing teachers and by student teachers. We found that students think that practicing teachers behave in unethical ways significantly more frequently than do teachers, and that some teachers tend to overlook colleagues unethical behaviour. Students consider unfair evaluation is more frequent than teachers think. Students appear more sensitive to unethical behaviour, but do not necessarily think that a teacher setting a bad example is a danger to pupils’ moral development.

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