Disability and the ethical responsibilities of the teacher: Issues arising from the case of L v Minister for Education

Tait, Gordon W. (2004) Disability and the ethical responsibilities of the teacher: Issues arising from the case of L v Minister for Education. In AARE Annual Conference, 28th November - 2nd December, Melbourne, Australia.


The case of L v Minister for Education provides an excellent example of the complexity of the ethical decisions teachers are sometimes required to make. But how can we gauge the soundness of the teacher's choices? Using this legal case as its focus, the paper will first examine issues of meta-ethics, drawing some conclusions about the ontological and epistemological status of moral claims. The paper will then address issues of normative ethics, examining consequentialist, deontological and virtue ethics as models for teacher conduct. Finally, these models will be applied to the ethical problems raised in the case. The central intention of the paper is to raise some concerns over the decisions made in L v Minister for Education, primarily regarding issues of social justice.

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ID Code: 989
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 1324-9339
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 07 Apr 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:06

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