Friday, August 12, 2011

Examining Codes of Ethics

NAEYC's Code of Ethical Conduct

I-4.2: To promote cooperation among professionals and agencies and interdisciplinary collaboration among professions concerned with addressing issues in the health, education, and well-being of young children, their families, and their early childhood educators.

In order to serve children, it takes more than one person or agency.  It is important to maintain professional and collaborative relationships within the community. For example, in my current position as a high school teacher, I refer students to our Family Specialist who can help them with social issues.  My district offers parent education courses and I teach a parenting class to teen parents.  We work with surrounding businesses to gain funding for some of these programs.

I-1.8:  To support the right of each child to play and learn in an inclusive environment that meets the needs of children with and without disabilities.

All children, regardless of ability, should learn together.  This is beneficial to the child with and without disabilities.  My daughter spent two years in a program where typically developing children were mixed with PPCD children.  It was a wonderful academic program, but it also taught her compassion for children who are      differently-abled.  I use this program as an example in my child development classes.


DEC Code of Ethics


3. We shall strive for the highest level of personal and professional competence by seeking and
using new evidence based information to improve our practices while also responding openly to
the suggestions of others.

I believe that life-long learning is imperative for personal and professional success.  We have so many resources available to us, it's hard not to stay current.  The key is putting this knowledge into practice.  Some of the best ideas and information comes from friends and colleagues.  We should always keep an open mind and be open to suggestions.

8 comments:

StacieSmith said...

Christine, I agree completely with your comments about children of all abilities learning together. I think the 'typically developing'children are great peer models for other children and the childrens with challenges can help the other learn about empathy and perserverence.

Kathryn Price said...

Christine,
I enjoyed the three ideals that you choose especially the second one referring to inclusive classrooms. Thanks for explaining an example of how well this worked in your past experience. I think that it is important for all children to interact together regardless of disabilities. I am a strong believer that children learn from each other!

Tammie said...

Hi Christine, I agree with the 3 ideas that were chosen. It is very important to collaborate and communicate with all individuals involved to better serve the children.

Debbie0129 said...

Networking is so very important in our field. Collaborating with others and having a knowledge base to be able to refer children for special needs is essential. Educating families to advocate for their children is too.

Kathryn Price said...

Christine,
I have enjoyed reading your blog throughout the semester. I especially loved the artwork that your son made you. That was such a cute story. I appreciate the insight and knowledge that you have brought to this course. I wish you the best of luck during your master's program and professional career.

StacieSmith said...

Christine, it had been great reading the posts you have made on the discussion boards as well as reading your interesting here on your blog. I'm sure we'll get to knkow more about each other and everyone else in this class as we move through the next 20 months or so of classes. Enjoy the break and I'll see you again in September.

Tammie said...

I want to thank all of you for your different outlooks and opinions during the course. I have learned the different aspects, challenges and opportunities of teaching, leadership and education through the collaboration of my colleagues. I have supported my colleagues by respecting, giving feeding and communicating the differences that we all can contribute to the Early Childhood Field. I wish all of you the best in your journey of being a professional educator and leader.

Debbie0129 said...

Christine, Thank you for your feedback on the discussion page. It was always thoughtful and incisive. I hope I work with you again in the future.