Ethic of care

  • Ethic-related Messages in the Teaching Process within Higher Education Institutions and the Evaluation of University Teachers by Students

    Author: Krzysztof Rubacha
    Institution: Nicolaus Copernicus University
    Year of publication: 2021
    Source: Show
    Pages: 50-59
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    PDF: tner/202102/tner6404.pdf

    This article presents the findings of an experimental study, the goal of which was to compare the average evaluation scores of university teachers given by students on the basis of the manner of delivering lectures and organising the teaching process at the university. This empirical field was problematised using three ethics hidden in the organisation of the teaching activities: the ethic of justice (Kohlberg), the ethic of one-sided care (Gilligan), and the ethic of care and responsibility (Gilligan). The study encompassed three groups of students who attended an entire teaching series (lectures), after completion of which the experimenter was evaluated by the students. The only difference was belonging to a given group (i.e., the style of working with the students). The remaining aspects of the teaching activities were very uniform. The experimenter was given the lowest evaluation scores when being fair and balancing care with responsibility, and the highest scores when one-sidedly caring for the students’ well-being.

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