Professionalism: Ethical professional practice for teachers of family and consumer sciences

Sue Couch, Karen Alexander

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The National Standards for Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences suggest that family and consumer sciences (FCS) teachers are expected to engage in practices that reflect both the technical and ethical standards of the calling to which they are committed. The purpose of this article is to promote understanding and encourage implementation of Standard 8, Professionalism, which calls for FCS teachers to engage in ethical professional practice. The article addresses the unique ethical responsibilities of educators, describes the major theoretical perspectives that suport ethical practice, provides an overview of historical and philosophical bases of professiona ethics in FCS education, gives examples of formal codes of ethics that guide the professional practice of FCS teachers, examines significant ethical issues in public education and their implications for FCS education, and suggests strategies and resources to help beginning FCS teachers fulfill their ethical responsibilities to
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-76
JournalJournal of Family and Consumer Sciences Education
StatePublished - Apr 2009


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