What Teachers Need to Know

Professional Ethics1

Authored by: Nancy K. Freeman , Stephanie Feeney

Handbook of Early Childhood Teacher Education

Print publication date:  August  2015
Online publication date:  July  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415736756
eBook ISBN: 9781315818245
Adobe ISBN: 9781317816294


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The purpose of this chapter is to identify what teachers of young children need to know about professional ethics. We provide an overview of the moral dimensions of teaching; identify the codes of ethics that guide teachers’ work, with a particular focus on codes that address early childhood educators; provide an overview of moral development and theories of ethical thinking; consider how to infuse ethics in students’ curriculum; and explore how an early childhood teacher educator can go about teaching ethics during every stage of early childhood educators’ professional development.

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