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Help, my colleague expresses racism!: On professional ambivalence and moral responsibility
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Utbildning & Demokrati)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0481-1586
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8409-9196
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0327-9989
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This contribution is based on an ongoing study on teachers' anti-racist actions. The project is based on John Dewey's moral philosophy with an interest in teachers' experiences of racism and anti-racism in education. In the 25 teacher interviews conducted so far, teachers express that they have a moral responsibility to counteract racism among the pupils. But what should they do when a colleague expresses racism?

Our study shows that this is a common experience among the informants, visible in colleagues’ racist jokes, speech and actions. In situation like this, there seems to be an uncertainty about their moral responsibility leading to professional ambivalence. On the one hand, the teachers feel that they are obligated to the values in the curriculum, on the other hand, they are uncertain about whether the moral responsibility could be applied in relation to colleagues.

The interviewed teachers act in relate to this ambivalence in different ways. Some describe their moral responsibility as general and choose to counteract all kinds of racism in school, even among colleagues. Other states that this is beyond their moral responsibility as a teacher, and choose not to act or to inform the principal. The choice not to act has in previous research also been explained in terms of loyalty between colleagues. The uncertainty that occurs among the informants shows how the boundaries of moral responsibility becomes erased when moving from classroom to staff room.

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2017.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-64099OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-64099DiVA, id: diva2:1173528
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EtihCo Conference: What may be learnt in ethics? Present and future conceptions of ethical competence, Gothenburg, Sweden, December 11-13, 2017
Available from: 2018-01-12 Created: 2018-01-12 Last updated: 2018-01-16Bibliographically approved

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Arneback, EmmaBergh, AndreasTryggvason, Ásgeir

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