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Exploring the dynamics of personal, professional and interprofessional ethics$
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Divya Jindal-Snape and Elizabeth F.S. Hannah

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308997

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308997.001.0001

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Framing the professional and interprofessional ethical landscape in education

Framing the professional and interprofessional ethical landscape in education

Finnish and English perspectives on teachers' moral selves

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(p.217) Fourteen Framing the professional and interprofessional ethical landscape in education
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Exploring the dynamics of personal, professional and interprofessional ethics
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Andrea Raiker

Matti Rautiainen

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447308997.003.0014

The focus of this chapter is the interrelationship of personal and professional ethics in education, and the effect of differing social-political contexts on the development of the ‘moral self’ of teachers. The authors do this through a case study which compares practices in teacher education in Finland and in England within a conceptual framework provided by the application of Bourdieu's (1990) concepts of ‘habitus’ and ‘field’ to Rest's (1986) four dimensions of moral development- moral sensitivity, moral judgement and moral motivation leading to moral character. The movement of initial teacher education out of universities into schools is identified as a factor impeding the development of moral character in English student teachers. The authors’ personal reflections indicated that a way forward may be in moving away from a focus on government imposed accountability towards individual and collective responsibility as in Finland. The chapter concludes with a synthesis of reflections presented as a framework for considering teacher identity as moral self to support realignment.

Keywords:   ethics in eduction, moral self of teachers, values, professional, teacher responsibility, identity, concept of habitus, concept of field, Pierre Bourdieu

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