Have you ever had a teacher who acted unprofessionally or unethically? What impact did this teacher have upon you and your peers? Why is it important that your UAB instructor assess your professional dispositions? What values and morals should guide you as a teacher?
What Are Professional Dispositions?
Dispositions are defined as "the values, commitments, and professional ethics that influence behaviors towards colleagues and communities and affect student learning, motivation, and development as well as educational growth. Dispositions are guided by beliefs and attitudes related to values such as caring, fairness, and honesty. For example, they might include the beliefs that all students can learn, a vision of high and challenging standards, and a commitment to a safe and supportive learning environment" (NCATE, 2000). The Alabama State Board of Education defines dispositions as "the commitments and professional ethics that influence behaviors toward students, families, colleagues, and communities and affect student learning, motivation, and development as well as the educator's own professional growth. Dispositions are guided by beliefs and attitudes related to values such as caring, fairness, honesty, and responsibility. For example, dispositions include a belief that all students can learn, a vision of high and challenging standards, or a commitment to a safe and supportive learning environment" (Rules of the Alabama State Board of Education, 2007; p.244)
Why Are Professional Dispositions Important?
The National Council of Teacher Accreditation (NCATE) has mandated that teacher education programs assess teacher education candidates' knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to help all students learn (NCATE, 2000). Also, research shows that the attributes of the classroom teacher significantly impact students and their achievement.
Faculty in the UAB School of Education have developed a schoolwide model for assessing your professional dispositions. To view this model, click on the attachment below. As you read this document, you will learn more about the process that will be undertaken when a faculty member is concerned about a candidate's professional dispositions.
Attached is a copy of the Alabama Educator Code of Ethics. This code describes the professional behavior expected of all Alabama educators and serves as a guide for the ethical conduct of teachers. It details nine standards of professional and ethical conduct that include the following areas:
This code also describes reporting and disciplinary procedures if these standards are violated by Alabama Educators. During EDU 200, this code will be discussed in detail, and you will be expected to write a reflective paper about this important document. To access the Alabama Educator Code of Ethics document, click on the attachment below.