Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Ethical and moral decision making: Curriuclum exposure for Illinois pre-service teachers
by Brown, Tamara Townsend Dotson, Ed.D., Western Illinois University, 2016, 242; 10117309
Abstract (Summary)

For every decision teachers make, there is an ethical or moral reason behind it. Whether the decision centers on students, themselves, colleagues, families, communities, policy, or law, underlying this decision is a belief, a driving force that influenced the decision. How that teacher came to that decision is the beginning of this research. This study examines how much public universities in Illinois teach ethical and moral decision-making content to pre-service teachers. How are universities preparing pre-service teachers to be successful ethical and moral decision makers in today’s teaching environment?

For this mixed methods study, surveys and interviews were conducted. Data were analyzed and triangulated in order to answer the research questions. The populations surveyed included teacher educators and professors in Illinois public universities who teach undergraduate teacher educator courses. The interviewed population included professors who teach undergraduate teacher educator courses in public Illinois universities.

Results indicated that pre-service teachers who attend an Illinois public university for their undergraduate studies are exposed to ethical and moral decision-making in some of the educator preparation courses. However, the extent of that exposure is not universal nor is the course. Basically, this content is taught at the discretion of the professor and the commitment to the topic by university policy. Results suggested that the content is not mandated. Overall, research revealed a huge awareness of the topic, but not a course dedicated to ethical and moral decision-making for pre-service teachers in Illinois public university curriculum.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Webb, Carol E.
Commitee: Halverson, Dean L., Wolff, Lora L., Yager, Stuart O.
School: Western Illinois University
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 77/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Ethics, Teacher education, Higher education
Keywords: Illinois, Public universities, Undergraduate studies
Publication Number: 10117309
ISBN: 978-1-339-78711-4
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