Common Values Of Ethics In The Code Of Conduct

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The code of professional conduct ‘serves as a guiding compass’ with common values to promote professional teacher practice and to act as a moral guide of respect and dignity. (The Teaching Council, 2012). Higgins (2011) states that each individual holds a different view of what ethical morals and practice is and dialogue can conflict with what constitutes a moral guide to ethical practice. (Higgins, 2011). Higgins also believes that embracing human nourishing while also being self-full is necessary to adopt as a professional. Teachers as professionals must see teaching as an altruistic profession and recognise the internal goods that come from their own human flourishing. Teaching as a profession is to be ‘devoted to something beyond …show more content…

The code of conduct has defined common values and opinions as a moral guide of ethical practice in which to role of the teacher is to educate with care, integrity, trust and respect for the best interests of the child, colleagues and respect for all pupils and human dignity. (Teaching Council, 2012). The code of conduct provides a standard for teachers to act upon as professionals. The code of Conduct and Higgins argument of teaching as an altruistic profession is evident in the code of conduct as the code states that teachers should respect uniqueness, equality, differences and ‘be committed to the best interests of the pupils in their care’ in a safe and trusting environment. (Teaching Council, 2012). The teacher as self-full and embracing their own human nourishment as teachers is also reflected in the code of conduct. It encourages teachers to maintain their professional knowledge, to reflect and question their own practice regularly and to avail of opportunities for continuing professional development. The code of conduct is a source of legislation regarding misconduct and poor professional practice which is important to maintain the standards of teaching as an altruistic profession. Aibherin National School undertakes public service agreements and collaboration in order to flourish as teachers as teachers should aim to further their growth as …show more content…

Teachers that are well established in their careers are used to the traditional methods of teaching and fear to adopt new methods of teaching which see the child as ‘an empty vessel’ in which the teacher must fill the student with their own knowledge. (McCarthy, 2006, page 27). Constructivist learning requires a considerable amount of responsibility and effective classroom management from the class teacher. For constructivist learning to take place effectively, it depends on how we as teachers engage with the students and by providing enough learning opportunities for effective learning outcomes. (McCarthy, 2006). Constructivist learning requires time and effective planning to have a successful outcome. There are many advantages to using constructivist pedagogy in the classroom. Constructivist learning allows the child to construct his or her own knowledge rather than just simply being told their knowledge. Teachers can encourage constructivist learning through the use of thought provoking questions to promote critical thinking and for children to ‘become problem solvers and perhaps, more important problem finders.’ (Brook,1999, page 103). Using constructivist methods in the classroom is useful as the children can enjoy the learning experience and learn much more as they are actively involved in constructing their own knowledge. (Thirteen

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