Teachers in Trouble: An Exploration of the Normative Character of Teaching

By Stuart Piddocke, Romulo F. Magsino, and Michael Manley-Casimir

© 1997

The teacher who has an affair with a student. The teacher who is a transvestite. The teacher who advocates personal beliefs. These are 'teachers in trouble.' Their behaviour, whether it occurs in the classroom or off the job, offends the community and brings down censure from the school board.

At root, schools are cultural institutions and teaching, a cultural activity. Teachers are expected to shape students according to accepted community norms. They interpret and apply curricula - and can divert curricula from their intended purpose. Teachers are at the eye of the vortex in the struggle for control over education, buffeted by the forces of social change and conflicting public expectations. The authors of this book examine how teacher conduct is monitored and what types of misconduct can produce 'social dramas.' Boards of reference have been established to arbitrate disputes between school boards and teachers who are dismissed. Drawing on the decisions of these boards of reference across Canada, the authors identify normative issues and propose a classification scheme for contentious behaviours.

Teachers in Trouble poses fundamental questions about the role of teachers in society. It is an invaluable guide for teachers and professional organizations, education administrators, and members of the community who are concerned about ethics in our schools.

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  • Series: Heritage
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.2in x 1.2in x 9.3in
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The authors of Teachers in Trouble study how teacher conduct is monitored in the classroom and off the job. They propose a classification scheme for behaviours that are likely to upset community norms and bring down censure from the school board.

Teachers in Trouble: An Exploration of the Normative Character of Teaching

By Stuart Piddocke, Romulo F. Magsino, and Michael Manley-Casimir

© 1997

The teacher who has an affair with a student. The teacher who is a transvestite. The teacher who advocates personal beliefs. These are 'teachers in trouble.' Their behaviour, whether it occurs in the classroom or off the job, offends the community and brings down censure from the school board.

At root, schools are cultural institutions and teaching, a cultural activity. Teachers are expected to shape students according to accepted community norms. They interpret and apply curricula - and can divert curricula from their intended purpose. Teachers are at the eye of the vortex in the struggle for control over education, buffeted by the forces of social change and conflicting public expectations. The authors of this book examine how teacher conduct is monitored and what types of misconduct can produce 'social dramas.' Boards of reference have been established to arbitrate disputes between school boards and teachers who are dismissed. Drawing on the decisions of these boards of reference across Canada, the authors identify normative issues and propose a classification scheme for contentious behaviours.

Teachers in Trouble poses fundamental questions about the role of teachers in society. It is an invaluable guide for teachers and professional organizations, education administrators, and members of the community who are concerned about ethics in our schools.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Heritage
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.2in x 1.2in x 9.3in
  • Author Information

    Stuart Piddocke is research associate at the Centre for Education, Law and Society, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University.



    Romulo F. Magsino is dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba.



    Michael Manley-Casimir is a professor in the Faculty of Education and Director of the Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education at Brock University.

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