The Ethics of Teaching
A Casebook, 2nd Edition
By Patricia Keith-Spiegel, Bernard E. Whitley, Jr., Deborah Ware Balogh, David V. Perkins, Arno F. Wittig
Psychology Press – 2002 – 296 pages
The Ethics of Teaching provides a frank discussion of the most frequently encountered ethical dilemmas that can arise in educational settings, as well as tips on how to avoid these predicaments and how to deal with them when they do occur. The goal is to stimulate discussion and raise faculties' consciousness about ethical issues.
Ethical dilemmas are presented as short, engaging case scenarios, most of which are based on actual situations, so as to furnish more realistic and interesting stimuli for individual reflection and group discussion. These scenarios offer the opportunity to consider the subtle complexities inherent in the social and psychological contexts in which educator-student interactions occur and the effects of those complexities on ethical decision making. Each case is followed by a detailed analysis and advice. The book's 195 cases are grouped into 22 chapters representing topics, such as the controversial classroom presentations and assignments, debatable testing and grading practices, problematic student-faculty interactions, dual-role relationships with students, collegial conflicts, managing very difficult students, and confidentiality dilemmas.
The Ethics of Teaching: A Casebook, Second Edition:
*focuses on commonly encountered ethical "gray areas" that have no clear solution;
*includes questions to stimulate discussion of related ethical issues;
*concludes with a chapter on prevention, peer mentoring, and intervention; and
*serves as excellent "assigned reading" to stimulate group discussion in teaching workshops and faculty development programs.
The first edition of this book evolved by collecting a variety of teaching situations that commonly occur in college and university settings. The authors then created responses to the situations and circulated both the cases and the responses to reviewers from a number of departments across the country. As a result, the vast majority of the cases are "discipline free." The second edition features many new cases to reflect recent trends and events related to academic ethics. Questions were added to stimulate discussion and to further elaborate the issues.
The Ethics of Teaching: A Casebook is ideal for college and university faculty, graduate assistants, and administrators involved in workshops, graduate teaching assistant courses, and faculty development and new faculty orientation programs. As a result of the book's cross-disciplinary development, it will be beneficial to faculty from a broad spectrum of disciplines.
Contents: Preface. Introduction. Part I: The Classroom Ambiance. Instructors' Classroom Policies. Student Deportment in the Classroom. Part II: The Classroom Learning Experience. Instructors' Presentation Style and Content. Required In-Class Learning Activities. Part III: Assessments of Students. Testing and Other Academic Evaluations. Grading Methods. Feedback to Students. Writing Reference Letters for Students. Biased Treatment of Students. Academic Dishonesty. Part IV: Outside the Classroom. Availability to Students. Student-Faculty Interactions. Part V: Relationships in Academia. Multiple Role Relations and Conflicts of Interest. Interprofessional Relations. Exploitation of Students. Discrimination. Manipulative Students and Instructors. Supervising, Advising, and Collaboration With Students. Part VI: Responsibilities to Students and Colleagues. Instructor Competency. Confidentiality Issues. Political and Public Statements. Responsibilities to the Institution. Afterword: Prevention and Peer Intervention.