Teaching Ethics in Schools

A new approach to moral education

By Philip Cam

Teaching Ethics in Schools provides a fresh approach to moral education. Rather than conveying a set of mandated values, codes of conduct, behavior management plans, or religious instruction, moral education is presented as an essential aspect of study throughout the school curriculum. Ethical concepts from the history of philosophy are introduced, which, in turn, link to ways of thinking about conduct and character. The book illuminates all kinds of moral dilemmas and contemporary challenges faced by teachers today. The responsibilities of parents vis a vis schools, and religious versus secular paradigms, are discussed. The principles of social diversity and inclusion, and the need to find a balance between moralizing and permissive social constructs, are explored. Teaching Ethics in Schools shows how an ethical framework forms a natural fit with recent educational trends that emphasize collaboration and inquiry-based learning. It demonstrates how an ethics-based model can influence habits of mind and underpin teaching practices that can be applied across subject domains and classroom contexts, throughout all stages of school. Furthermore, Teaching Ethics in Schools explicates how teachers can construct classroom activities and exercises that encourage students to question and probe, and ultimately develop their own enhanced capacity for ethical reasoning and conduct.


168 pages

Publication Date: 9/1/2012
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781742860633