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Ethics and the Good Teacher

Character in the Professional Domain, 1st Edition

By Andrew Peterson, James Arthur


104 pages

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Hardback: 9780367335885
pub: 2020-07-06
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Ethics and the Good Teacher brings together reviews of existing literature and analysis of empirical data from three research projects conducted by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues – The Good Teacher, Schools of Virtue and Teacher Education – toexplore the ethical dimensions of the teaching profession.

The book is premised on the idea that what constitutes a "good" teacher involves more than technical skills and subject knowledge. Understood as a professional activity, teaching involves an important ethical dimension, a fact that has come under increased scrutiny – and some would argue increased threat – over recent years as education and schooling have become shaped by market logic and accountability.

Addressing the influence of personal and professional character on teachers and teaching, and containing clear implications for policy, practice and research, the book will be of great interest to teachers and other professionals working in education settings, as well as those working in educational policy. It will also appeal to academics, undergraduate students and postgraduate students researching the teaching profession and ethics/morality in education more generally.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Professions and Character

Chapter 2: Ethics and the Teaching Profession

Chapter 3: Teachers and Character Education: Motivations, roles and preparation

Chapter 4: Teachers of Character: Personal and Ideal Character Strengths and Responses to Ethical Dilemmas

Conclusions, Recommendations and Further research



About the Authors

Andrew Peterson is Professor of Character and Citizenship Education and Deputy Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham, UK

James Arthur is Professor of Education and Civic Engagement and Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham, UK

About the Series

Character and Virtue Within the Professions

The principal objective of the series is to highlight the interplay between practitioners’ personal character and the ethical dimensions of their professional domain. Each book will explore the specific ethical dimensions of the given profession at hand, including the interplay between professionals’ individual character virtues and their working environments. In a time when cultures of managerialism, auditing, performance metrics and commercial success are seemingly increasing, this series attempts to re-focus the professions towards the ethical and societal origins that each profession intends to serve. Underpinned by perspectives of philosophy, psychology and sociology, each book will offer practitioners fresh viewpoints about how their character and professional context can influence their professional practice.

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