Ethics in Education: Teaching for Social Justice

$12.00 [3.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours]

Course Number: #02-874

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Course Description

In the education field, while a large body of research pertains to ethics within teaching, little emphasis is placed on social justice education.  The purpose of this course, which was developed using information from Democracy in Education, is to explore how ethical teaching can be expanded to incorporate values, visions, and beliefs that help students develop critical democratic citizenship and socially just habits.  Intellectual and moral virtues of social justice educators and traits of democratic citizenship among students are presented as well as challenges that may arise when teaching for democracy and social justice.

Course Objectives

1. Describe how teaching for social justice has been incorporated into teacher education programs and how this has been translated to the classroom.

2. Discuss how ethical teachers can guide students into developing the habits necessary for critical democratic citizenship. 

3. Differentiate between modeling ethical virtues in the classroom and advocating for specific political visions.

4. Identify character traits of socially ethical teachers and students and challenges that may arise when teaching for democracy and social justice.

5. Determine how taking a virtue approach to ethics can be compatible with responsiveness to social context in teaching.

6. Evaluate internal and external conditions that impede or support teachers in achieving virtues such as open-mindedness when teaching for social justice.

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