Faculty Publications

Document Type


Publication Date

April 2017

Publication Title

American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting


Ecology and Environmental Education, Moral Education/Development, Science Education


Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Environmental Education | Science and Mathematics Education


This qualitative research project’s overarching goal was to explore ways to help primary grade teacher candidates (re)kindle a conception of teaching as a moral enterprise involving ethical choices and enactment of one’s values. In the context of a science methods course, we explored the research question: What happens to the commitments toward science instruction of pre-service elementary teachers when we help them view science instruction as an act of caring? Our findings suggest that for many, this approach helped students take a moral stance, articulate an ethical position regarding educational issues, and use these perspectives to inform decision-making at the instructional level.


Paper presented as part of the session: Moral Development and Education: Knowledge to Action.This paper is also available in the AERA Online Paper Repository. Each presenter retains copyright on the full-text paper. Repository users should follow legal and ethical practices in their use of repository material; permission to reuse material must be sought from the presenter, who owns copyright. Users should be aware of the AERA Code of Ethics.