The moral and ethical dimensions of language teaching

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Mangubhai, Francis. 2007. "The moral and ethical dimensions of language teaching." Australian Journal of Education. 51 (2), pp. 178-189.
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The moral and ethical dimensions of language teaching

ERA Journal ID20013
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AuthorMangubhai, Francis
Journal TitleAustralian Journal of Education
Journal Citation51 (2), pp. 178-189
Number of Pages12
Year2007
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
ISSN0004-9441
2050-5884
Web Address (URL)http://search.informit.com.au/fullText;dn=058519883745037;res=IELHSS
Abstract

Much has been written about teacher thinking and knowledge that underpin teacher behaviour in the classroom. Until the 1990s considerably fewer writers considered the moral and ethical dimension of teaching. This article reports on a study that analysed six Languages Other Than English (LOTE) teachers' reports about their teaching. Under the broad category of caring as a moral dimension of teaching, three major moral/ethical concerns were identified: (1)the concern that everyone has a worth, (2) the concern that students should not hurt each other's feelings, and (3) the concern that students should learn to tolerate differences. These concerns enveloped the teachers' stated goals of LOTE teaching and framed their behaviours in the classroom. While the results can only be related to these six LOTE teachers, this study, nevertheless, raises an interesting question of whether teachers of other subjects manifest the moral dimension of their teaching in ways different from those reported here.

Keywordsforeign language teaching; moral education; moral values; teacher thinking; teachers; teaching
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390108. LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
500107. Professional ethics
500311. Philosophical psychology (incl. moral psychology and philosophy of action)
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