Although the field of early childhood education has strong ethical standards that guide professional practice and inform leadership, ethics often exist as an abstraction.  

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Assignment 1: Application of Ethics

Although the field of early childhood education has strong ethical standards that guide professional practice and inform leadership, ethics often exist as an abstraction. Ethics are moral behaviors that serve to guide action. Behavior is often the focal point of analysis. Ethical standards ideally inform behavior and are used as a tool of reflection for behaviors. 

Ethics can serve as a continuous compass shaping our behaviors. Ethics shape how we choose to act, and reflecting on ethics can lend insight into how these ideals influence our actions, interactions, and processing of the world around us. In this Assignment, you will interview an early childhood leader to learn more about how he or she has integrated ethics into a dilemma faced within his or her early childhood program. Then, you will analyze his or her response using the NAEYC Code of Ethics and your personal ethical lens.

To prepare:

Identify and arrange to interview a leader within an early childhood program. This person may be a childcare center director, school administrator, faith-based children’s director, director of children’s programs at a local museum or library, etc. Your interview may be conducted face-to-face or electronically. Prior to the interview, be sure to let the interviewee know that you are interested in learning about a recent ethical dilemma within their early childhood program and how the leader responded to the challenge. Remind the director that the information you are gathering is for a course assignment, and that all information provided will be completely confidential.

Conduct the interview, using the Ethics Interview Guide in the Learning Resources.

To complete the Assignment:

Write a 5- to 7-page paper that includes each of the following elements:

· A brief description of the interviewee, the position held, length of time as a leader, and the ethical dilemma described

· An explanation of how ethics informed problem solving related to the ethical dilemma presented, including answers to the following questions:

· Was the ethical code used as a problem-solving strategy in analyzing and responding to the dilemma? 

· Was the ethical code used as a reflection tool?

· An explanation of how the behaviors the interviewee engaged in aligned with NAEYC’s Code of Ethics

· An explanation of how the behavior the interviewee engaged in aligned with your own ethical standards, including whether there are aspects of the challenge you would have handled differently

· An explanation of how you would handle opportunities for greater ethical and organizational clarity, as evidenced by this challenge

Be sure to support your work with specific references to the Learning Resources.

REFERENCES

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Ethics Interview Guide

1. Please identify your current position and how long you have been in this position.

2. Describe an ethical dilemma you have experienced within your current role.

3. How did you use ethics to solve problems related to the ethical dilemma presented? Did you use the ethical code as a problem-solving strategy in analyzing and responding to the dilemma? Did you use the ethical code as a reflection tool?

4. As you reflect on this situation, were there things you would have handled differently? Why or why not?

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