Hushing as a moral dilemma in the classroom
2006 (English)In: Journal of Moral Education, ISSN 0305-7240, E-ISSN 1465-3877, Vol. 35, no 1, 89-104 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Life in the classroom is governed by a variety of rules. One typical classroom rule is the rule of silence or low noise. Teachers often deal with students' noise-making and conversations by hushing them. This article reports an investigation of how hushing can create moral dilemmas for students at their desks in the classroom. This study is part of a larger ethnographic research project on values education in the daily life of school, conducted in two primary schools in Sweden. The findings show that students think that by hushing, teachers are now and then acting in the wrong way and, in consequence, the students are forced to go against the teacher to act in accordance with their own moral standards, or to give up, in order to avoid the risk of getting a reprimand. The analyses revealed three categories of moral dilemmas or conflicts with rules: indiscriminate hushing as (a) a conflict between morality and social conventions; (b) a pure moral conflict; and (c) a conflict between morality and authority.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för beteendevetenskap och lärande , 2006. Vol. 35, no 1, 89-104 p.
school rules, moral education, values education, moral dilemma, classroom management, classroom rules
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-11770DOI: 10.1080/03057240500495336OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-11770DiVA: diva2:18195
Original publication: Robert Thornberg, Hushing as a moral dilemma in the classroom, 2006, Journal of Moral Education, (35), 1, 89-104. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03057240500495336. Copyright © 2008 Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business2008-05-092008-05-092016-05-04