The Profession of Education:

Responsibilities, Ethics and Pedagogic Experimentation 

Shannon Kincaid, Ph.D.

Philip Pecorino, Ph.D.

Queensborough Community College

The City University of New York

The art of life is (i) to live, (ii) to live well, (iii) to live better.--

Alfred North Whitehead    The Function of Reason (1929 p. 8)

The art of teaching is to teach, to teach well and to teach even better.

What are the professional and ethical obligations of educators?  What, if anything, governs their professional conduct?  Must educators continually attempt to improve upon what they do?  Do they have any obligations to conduct research, even experimentation, into the effectiveness of their teaching?  Are there any ethical rules governing pedagogic research?  Do these obligations and rules exist at all levels of education?  How are teachers/educators to be expected to know about and fulfill their obligations particularly for conducting research and performing experiments?  What are the responsibilities of educational institutions? What if institutions do not fulfill their obligations to their faculty? Are there collective responsibilities that faculty are obliged to exercise? These are some questions that are addressed in this work.

Table of Contents

      Dedication

      Preface

I.                   Introduction

II.        Education as a Profession

III.              Teacher-Student Relationship Models 

IV.             Professional Responsibilities

V.                 Experimentation as a Responsibility of Educators

VI.      The Basics for Ethics

VII.           Ethical Issues in Education: Changing Minds

VIII.        Ethical Issues in Education: Pedagogic Experimentation

IX.             Cases/Scenarios

X.             Ethics and Pedagogy: A Guide to Practice

XI.           Two Case Studies

XII.  Conclusion

XIII.              Bibliography
    
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