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Comparison of beliefs about classroom ethical practices among early childhood teachers in India and the USA: An exploratory study


The purpose of this study is to compare the beliefs about ethics and ethical practices among early childhood teachers in India and the USA. Ninety-one teachers completed the Teacher’s Beliefs about Ethics and Ethical Practices Survey (India = 52, US = 39). The survey comprised of 15 Likert-type statements in four areas: Ethical responsibilities to children, families, colleagues and community and society. Results indicated that the teachers in the USA had higher means in all four areas. Independent samples t-test showed that there were significant differences between teachers in India and the USA in the areas of ethical responsibility to families (t = −3.43, p = .001) and ethical responsibility to community (t = −1.85, p = .047). Responses showed that teachers in India were influenced by the culture, language, beliefs of families and administration when making ethical decisions. Results highlight the importance of infusing ethical decision making training in teacher education programs to prepare teachers to be effective practitioners in global classrooms. (author abstract)

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United States; India

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