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Now What? Confronting and Resolving Ethical Questions
A Handbook for Teachers



May 2015 | 176 pages | Corwin
'This is a book that should set off needed conversations in every school and classroom and school board meeting-and the dinner table. Sometimes I wanted to quarrel with the authors, and that's part of its genius. It always managed to provoke me to think and to engage with these dilemmas' - Deborah Meier, Senior Scholar and Adjunct Professor, New York University, USA

'The Mackenzies show us how to recognize moral dilemmas, employ guidelines for addressing them, and teach us how to resolve them on our own. A gift to educators, the educational profession, and to all who would behave ethically and professionally within it' - Roland Barth, Educational Consultant

Teachers deal with ethical issues on a regular basis, from confidentiality regarding student information to discipline to communication. As moral exemplars, teachers need guidance for handling such challenges. Written by an educator and a national authority on ethics, this professional development resource helps teachers confront and resolve ethical questions.

Featuring richly detailed, real-life case studies, this volume outlines the intricate relationship between ethical propriety and school success. Chapters focus on:

- The role of teachers in developing, sharing, and implementing ethical policies for their schools

- Four guiding principles-the Rule of Publicity, the Rule of Universality, the Rule of Benevolence, and the Golden Rule—for developing ethical approaches and practices

- Relationships between teachers and students, colleagues, supervisors, parents, taxpayers, and other stakeholders

With a facilitation guide and a matrix of cases with corresponding ethical principles, Now What? Confronting and Resolving Ethical Questions is a crucial tool for ensuring equality of opportunity and a quality learning environment for all involved in the educational process.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Part I. Thinking About Ethics
 
1. Engaging in Ethics
 
2. Ethical Behavior: Some General Principles
 
Part II. Acting Ethically: Teachers and Their Constituents
 
3. The Essential Learning Relationship: Teachers and Students
 
4. Important Pieces of the Puzzle: Teachers and Parents
 
Part III. Acting Ethically: Teachers and Their Colleagues
 
5. Trust and Respect: Teachers as Colleagues
 
6. The Sum of the Parts: Teachers on Collaborative Teams
 
7. Clash of Philosophies: The School Faculty
 
8. Clashing Codes: Professional Communities of Teachers
 
Part IV. Acting Ethically: Teachers and Supervisors
 
9. Power and Authority: Teachers and Their Principals
 
10. The Teacher, Superintendent and School Board, and the Community
 
11. Summing Up
 
Resource A. Workshop Outline: Tools for Teachers and Teacher Leaders
 
Resource B. Examining Critical Events
 
References
 
Index

"This is a book that should set off needed conversations in every school and classroom and school board meeting—and the dinner table. Sometimes I wanted to quarrel with the authors, and that's part of its genius. It always managed to provoke me to think and to engage with these dilemmas."

Deborah Meier, Senior Scholar and Adjunct Professor
Steinhardt School of Education, New York University

"Schools are full of situations fraught with ethical implications. The Mackenzies show us how to recognize moral dilemmas, employ guidelines for addressing them, and, by walking us through abundant yeasty cases, teach us how to resolve them on our own. A gift to educators, the educational profession, and to all who would behave ethically and professionally within it."

Roland Barth, Educational Consultant

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Preface

Chapter 1: Engaging in Ethics


Sarah V. Mackenzie

Sarah V. Mackenzie is associate professor of educational leadership at the University of Maine. She has dealt with ethical issues in education for many years, first in her own hands-on experiences as a teacher and teacher leader and now in her role as a professor of educational leadership. Her most recent book, Uncovering Teacher Leadership: Essays and Voices From the Field (Corwin, 2007), is a compilation of writing focused on the inner lives of teacher leaders. She and Richard Ackerman published an article in the May 2006 issue of Educational Leadership titled “Uncovering Teacher Leadership.” In all of her work—as a teacher and a teacher... More About Author

George Calvin Mackenzie

G. Calvin Mackenzie is The Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government at Colby College. He has written extensively about ethics in government and has led ethics seminars for public officials across the country. He served as chair of the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices and was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. A political scientist by training, Mackenzie has been a government professor and scholar for more than 30 years. He has written or edited 15 books, including a leading introductory American government text and several award-winning empirical studies of... More About Author

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