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Ethics and Law for Teachers, 2nd Edition

By Kenneth Crook, Derek Truscott
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ISBN-10: 0176590315
ISBN-13: 9780176590314
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 2nd

The practice of teaching in Canada is regulated both by law and professional codes of ethics and conduct. Ethics and Law for Teachers, Second Edition, engages readers in an authentic, personal consideration of the professional expectations and benefits of reflective practices of teaching in Canada. Not only does the text delve into the objective, rational standards to which teachers are held accountable, it helps to translate conscious knowledge of those standards into belief and action. To encourage reflection on and engagement in ethical and lawful practice, the text includes case studies and examples from teachers in the field, discipline hearings, and court cases. To encourage readers to consider these examples in a more reflective manner, ethical and legal expectations are presented in a descriptive, rather than prescriptive manner. The text invites readers to consider how they would act in each situation and compare their personal predispositions with society’s expectations, providing for a more inclusive and flexible understanding of how ethics are enacted in real life.


  • *NEW* The second edition presents the topic of ethics and law for teachers using a balanced approach, considering both societal expectations for teaching professionals and reflective practices that translate conscious knowledge of standards into belief and action.
  • *NEW* Case studies and examples of the types of ethical and legal challenges that teachers face have been included to encourage reflection on and engagement in ethical and lawful practice.
  • *NEW* The second edition incorporates throughout the ethics of duty and consequences along with the ethics of intentions and relationships. This expanded consideration of ethical systems is compatible with reflective learning and has the added benefit of promoting a more inclusive and flexible understanding of how ethics are enacted in real life.
  • *NEW* Reflective Task boxed features ask students to reflect critically upon scenarios that they may have faced in the past or situations that may present themselves in their future teaching careers.
  • *NEW* What the Codes Say boxed features outline key statutes from codes of professional practice from across Canada.
  • *NEW* Reflecting on the Chapter boxes conclude the main-content section in each chapter and ask students to think over the key topics and consider methods of further development in order to gain a critical understanding.
  • Each chapter concludes with a brief summary, questions for discussion, and a case study in order to sum up and evaluate the students' understanding of chapter content.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: The Ethical Context
  • Chapter 2: The Personal Context
  • Chapter 3: The Legal Context
  • Chapter 4: The Societal Context
  • Chapter 5: The Professional Context
  • Chapter 6: Student Rights, Parent Rights
  • Chapter 7: Authority and Discipline
  • Chapter 8: Protecting Students from Harm
  • Chapter 9: Personal Life, Public Role
  • Chapter 10: Teacher?Student Relationships
  • Chapter 11: Diversity and Equity
  • Chapter 12: Controversy and Teaching
  • References
  • Index