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Teachers’ handling of ethical dilemmas in Rubaga Division (Uganda): complexities and education management implication


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Kateregga, A, Ssenkusu Mpiso, P and Genza Gyaviira, M 2021 , 'Teachers’ handling of ethical dilemmas in Rubaga Division (Uganda): complexities and education management implication' , American Journal of Educational Research, vol. 9, no. 4 , pp. 194-202 .

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Motivated by the desire to explain increased misconduct among teachers in Uganda, the study sought toexplore the different ethical dilemmas faced by secondary school teachers in Rubaga Division (Kampala - Uganda).More specifically, the study sought to find out the kind of ethical dilemmas faced by the teachers; to assess teachers’use of available legal frameworks to address the dilemmas; and, finally, to find out how teachers navigate throughthe dilemmas. The study used a descriptive case study design, and employed both a self-administered questionnaireand an interview guide as instruments. Thematic analysis and descriptive statistics were used for data analysis.Findings revealed that teachers indeed encounter a multitude of ethical dilemmas. However, available legalframeworks are rarely used to solve the dilemmas or, if used, they are found to be quite irrelevant. Lastly, it wasdiscovered that teachers apply a variety of both professional and odd strategies to navigate through the dilemmas.The study concluded that teaching being dynamic, teachers cannot operate without encountering ethical dilemmas:forewarned is fore guarded. Secondly, though necessary, external legislation (laws and policies) can only constitutethe necessary but not the sufficient condition for smoothly navigating through ethical complexities. Lastly, ethicaldilemmas ultimately call for more strongly formed and informed consciences (internal legislation) rooted on a strongmoral compass such as virtue ethics. Educational administration and management implications are also discussed.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Kateregga, A and Ssenkusu Mpiso, P and Genza Gyaviira, M
Keywords: ethical dilemma management, philosophy of education, educational administration and management
Journal or Publication Title: American Journal of Educational Research
Publisher: Science and Education Publishing Co. Ltd.
ISSN: 2327-6126
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© The Author(s) 2021. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (

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