Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment: Guidelines for Responsible Behavior in Early Childhood Education.
Stephanie Feeney, Kenneth Kipnis
This pamphlet presents the Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment of the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The Code sets forth a conception of professional responsibilities in four sections, each addressing an arena of professional relationships: (1) children, (2) families, (3) colleagues, and (4) community and society. Each section includes an introduction to the primary responsibilities of the early childhood practitioner in that arena, a set of ideals pointing in the direction of exemplary professional practice, and a set of principles defining Educational practices that are required, prohibited, and permitted. The ideals reflect the aspirations of practitioners. The principles are intended to guide conduct and assist practitioners in resolving ethical dilemma encountered in the field. Both ideals and principles are intended to direct practitioners to those questions which, will provided the basis for conscientious decision-making. While the Code provides specific direction and suggestions for addressing some ethical dilemmas, many others will required the practitioner to combine the guidance of the Code with sound professional judgment. The statement of Educational practices that commitment expresses those basic personal commitments that individuals must make in order to align themselves with the profession's responsibilities as set forth in the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct.
Stephanie Feeney, Kenneth Kipnis. Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment: Guidelines for Responsible Behavior in Early Childhood Education. (1998). National Association for the Education of Young Children [NAEYC]: Washington, DC.
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