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Moral stress in teaching practice
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education, Teaching and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.
2015 (English)In: Teachers and Teaching: theory and practice, ISSN 1354-0602, E-ISSN 1470-1278, Vol. 21, no 3, 346-360 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this article is to study whether moral stress is a phenomenon relevant to teaching practice and which may make a significant contribution to understanding why teachers repeatedly reported feeling burdened by work. Moral stress can be caused by acting in conflict with ones own conscience, e.g. when one knows the right thing to do but institutional constraints make it difficult to act in a way that is consistent with ones morals. The method used in this study is critical incident technique focusing ethical dilemmas in teaching. The findings add a phenomenon to previous research of moral stress in other professions; moral stress can be caused not only by external regulations, but also by internal moral imperatives in conflict with one another.

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Taylor andamp; Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles , 2015. Vol. 21, no 3, 346-360 p.
Keyword [en]
moral sensitivity; teacher ethics; moral stress; teachers ethical dilemmas
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Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-114966DOI: 10.1080/13540602.2014.953820ISI: 000349395400008OAI: diva2:794155
Available from: 2015-03-10 Created: 2015-03-06 Last updated: 2015-03-17

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