Designed as a guide for pre-service education students and in-service teachers, Professional Ethics and Law in Education: A Canadian Guidebook provides an accessible and accurate source of information on the ethical and legal frameworks of the teaching profession while encouraging the examination of fundamental issues that underpin key debates in Canadian schooling and education.
Divided into four sections, this guidebook is grounded in the idea that teacher professionalism requires a solid understanding of the ethical and legal expectations that society has of teachers. Written for both the student and the professional, this text is an essential companion to both aspiring and active teachers. It provides clear guidance on how to navigate the complex regulatory framework of contemporary teaching while highlighting the indispensable contribution that individual judgment and shared values make to thoughtful, informed, and well-reasoned decision making in teaching, making it necessary reading for educators in Canada.
each chapter includes an introduction, a list of chapter objectives and highlights, and review questions
contains supplementary readings, additional resources, and websites for further exploration and information
connects theory to practice through consideration of federal and provincial legal statutes, case studies, jurisprudence, and codes of professional conduct
Chapter 1: Ethical Values and the Practice of Teaching
Chapter 2: Teaching, a Profession?
Chapter 3: Practising Professional Judgment
SECTION II: ETHICAL AND LEGAL SOURCES OF TEACHER PROFESSIONALISM
Chapter 4: Good Teachers, Professional Values, and Codes of Ethical Conduct
Chapter 5: The Legal and Regulatory Framework of Education in Canada
SECTION III: RESPONSIBILITIES TO STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES
Chapter 6: Student Safety and Well-Being
Chapter 7: Treating Students Fairly
Chapter 8: Treating Students Respectfully
Chapter 9: Professional Distance in Teacher–Student Relations
Chapter 10: Physical Touch in Schools
SECTION IV: RESPONSIBILITIES TO COLLEAGUES AND THE PROFESSION
Chapter 11: Teacher Accountability between Professional Autonomy and Academic Freedom
Chapter 12: Navigating Disagreements, Complaints, and Teacher Free Speech in Schools
Chapter 13: Off-Duty Conduct and Being a Teacher 24/7
Bruce Maxwell is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Montreal, where he teaches courses and conducts research on education law, professional ethics in teaching, and the history of educational ideas.
Dianne Gereluk is the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, and an Associate Professor, at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. Her research examines politically contested and controversial issues in education.
Christopher Martin is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. His research interests include educational ethics, the relationship between educational values and political justice, and the aims of higher education.
While other authors have addressed the legal and ethical aspects of education, there are surprisingly few who have done so from a contemporary Canadian perspective and in a way that links ethical and moral reasoning to well-informed and thoughtful professional judgements. Maxwell, Gereluk, and Martin, all experienced and well-respected Canadian scholars of education, have written the consummate book for those of us who are engaged in teaching and teacher education and who face thorny ethical issues every day.
David Mandzuk, Professor & Dean Emeritus, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba
What teachers do—or do not do—has consequences on themselves, the development of their pupils and students, their relationships within the classroom, the school, colleagues, parents, the profession, and society. Their professional ethics are constantly at stake. Maxwell, Gereluk, and Martin not only present and discuss values, principles, norms, and regulations, but also perspectives, illustrations, and examples to support reflection on daily practice and professional behaviour, thus fostering lifelong professional ethics development for teachers and school administrators.
France Jutras, Associate Professor, Département de pédagogie, Université de Sherbrooke
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