Teachers' critical incidents: Ethical dilemmas in teaching practice

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    The aim of this study is to explore ethical dilemmas in critical incidents and the emerged responses that these incidents elicit. Most teachers try to suppress these incidences because of the unpleasant feelings they evoke. Fifty teachers participated in the study. A three-stage coding process derived from grounded theory was utilized. A taxonomy of critical incidents by means of the ATLAS.ti 5.0 revealed a multifaceted model of ethical dilemmas, among them clashing with rules, standards, or norms in school, as well as a multitude of derived responses. The results encourage the development of educational programmes based on teachers' critical incidents.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)648-656
    Number of pages9
    JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
    Issue number3
    Early online date10 Dec 2010
    StatePublished - Apr 2011


    • Ethical dilemmas
    • Ethical knowledge
    • Ethics
    • Schools
    • Teaching

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Education


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