A dilemma is a situation for which there are two possible resolutions, each of which can be justified in moral terms. Over the years that we have been conducting workshops and teaching courses about professional ethics, we have found that early childhood educators do not always know the difference between an ethical responsibility and an ethical dilemma, nor are they sure about how each should be approached.
To make this distinction clearer, we decided to use this March column to look at these two kinds of ethical issues.
The fact is, however, that instead of honoring these responsibilities, even well-meaning and conscientious early childhood educators are sometimes tempted to do what is easiest or what will please others. This principle has precedence over all others in this Code.
As required by licensing and the USDA food program, the school serves milk at breakfast and lunch. As we have written in NAEYC books about professional ethics, when faced with a challenging situation in the workplace, the first thing an early childhood educator needs to do is to determine whether it is an ethical issue.
The example of an ethical dilemma we often give is the case of the mother who asks a teacher not to let her child nap at school because when he sleeps in the afternoon he has a hard time falling asleep at night.
You can rely on it to help you explain why you made a difficult or unpopular decision.
Determine the nature of the problem Is it an ethical issue? If it is an ethical issue, does it involve ethical responsibilities or is it an ethical dilemma?
We shall not participate in practices that are emotionally damaging, physically harmful, disrespectful, degrading, dangerous, exploitative, or intimidating to children. You can be confident that when you have done the right thing, the Code is there to back you up. Kristen assures them that she will encourage Jane to drink her milk.
Is it an ethical responsibility or an ethical dilemma? And sometimes legal and ethical responsibilities are the same—for example, mandating the reporting of child abuse. Is it an ethical issue?
Carefully review its Ideals and Principles—particularly those that apply to responsibilities to children and families. But it is also right to keep the child from napping to help a busy mother keep the child on schedule.
Freeman Early childhood educators encounter many ethical issues in the course of their work with children and families. Our experience tells us that this can be a difficult process, one that many are unsure about.
In a dilemma the legitimate needs and interests of one individual or group must give way to those of another individual or group—hence the commonly used expression "on the horns of a dilemma," describing the two-pronged nature of these situations.
You might use this case as the basis for a staff meeting or an assignment for undergraduate or graduate students, or you might mull it over on your own or with a friend or colleague. If you answer yes to any of the items, you are facing an ethical issue. How you respond to it depends on whether it is an ethical responsibility or an ethical dilemma.
Analyze the dilemma Identify the conflicting responsibilities.
Search Enter your keywords Focus on Ethics: Based on your review of the Code and using your best professional judgment, describe what you think is the most ethically defensible course of action in this situation.
A characteristic of an ethical dilemma is that it involves deliberation. If it is an ethical dilemma, Kristen can seek a resolution using the steps that follow.
Kristen allows children to make this choice. It can rarely be resolved quickly or by simply applying rules and relying on facts. Each of the Focus on Ethics columns in Young Children presents an ethical issue and asks our readers to determine how an early childhood educator might best respond to it.
The book also provides examples of how the Code can be applied to a number of dilemmas that recur frequently in early childhood programs. When you have finished deliberating on this case and have decided on the best course of action for Kristen, send an email to the coeditors that includes your recommendation and a brief description of how you used the Code to reach this decision.
Kristen comforts her and allows her to drink water. A dilemma requires a person to choose between two actions, each having some benefits but also having some costs.
When you are certain that you have encountered an ethical dilemma, you can use the process described in the example that follows to help you find a justifiable resolution. This ethical issue, like others we have presented in previous columns, involves a conflict between requests made by a family member and what teachers think is good practice.
We recommend that you use the process we describe in Chapter 3 of Ethics and the Early Childhood Educator to help you reach a well-reasoned response that systematically applies the Code: A Resource Guide forthcoming in spring If it is an ethical responsibility, what does the Code mandate that Kristen do?Differential Response in Child Protective Services; Ethical Casework Practice Exploring the Complexities of Child Neglect: Ethical Issues of Child Welfare Practice (PDF - KB) Hamilton & Bundy-Fazioli () Journal of.
The example of an ethical dilemma we often give is the case of the mother who asks a teacher not to let her child nap at school because when he sleeps in the afternoon he has a hard time falling asleep at night. "Make Sure My Child Drinks Her Milk!" —The Response.
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As a prospective counseling psychologist, I would need keen judgment to. If I encounter the ethical dilemma regarding decisions between a child's safety and the legal and professional consequences involved I will use the Ethical Response Cycle to analyse the legal, ethical and professional aspects of the dilemma which will allow me to make an informed ethical decision.Download