Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Educator Misconduct in Idaho: A Quantitative Analysis
by Harrison, Lance K., Ph.D., Northwest Nazarene University, 2019, 184; 13426867
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation utilized a quantitative research design to examine ethical conduct in education, specifically the violation of ethics by Idaho educators from 2007–2017. Educator misconduct appears to be on the rise throughout the nation. Ethical training is critical during an educator’s college preservice years as well as while they are working in the district at the schools. Ethical training improves moral sensitivity and allows teachers and administrators to better navigate ethical dilemmas. The extent to which ethics is taught or practiced in teacher training programs is minimal. Similarly, inservice provided by school districts to their employees regarding expected conduct and ethical decision making is unknown. A code of ethics or conduct defines acceptable behavior and provides guidance for action. Practicing teachers who violate ethical standards in one state are often able to easily get a job in a different state because discipline information goes unreported at both the district and state level. The type and number of violations of ethics standards by Idaho educators is not readily accessible. This quantitative study obtained and analyzed ex post facto data of ethical violations by Idaho educators from 2007–2017. Frequency and trends of violator demographics, type of violations, and discipline actions were ascertained. Correlations between the offenders and the ten principles in the Idaho Code of Ethics were drawn. Results of the study showed that during the ten year time frame, there were 213 cases resolved by the Professional Standards Commission, which identified 321 principles violated. The principle breached the most dealt with educator/student relationships. The highest number of overall allegations were observed during the three year span of 2015–17, with 29, 34, and 41 cases closed in Idaho respectively. The chi-square test and log-linear analysis found a relationship between the categorical variables of principle violated and gender. Information was also shared regarding the association between principle violated and certificate held as well as disciplinary action imposed. Recommendations from the research include the following actions: create a searchable database of Idaho educator misconduct; improve Idaho policy to better protect all youth from educational predators; and establish more focused ethics training in educator preparation programs and school districts that emphasize bringing about good, doing good and being good.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Studebaker, Bethani
Commitee: Chang, Richard, Daniels, T. Scott
School: Northwest Nazarene University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Idaho
Source: DAI-A 80/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Ethics, Education
Keywords: Code, Educator, Ethics, Misconduct, Standards, Violation
Publication Number: 13426867
ISBN: 978-0-438-81731-9
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