To read this content please select one of the options below:

Opportunities in promoting teacher ethics in Tanzania’s public primary schools through quality school-based professional development programmes

Jubilate Rogathe Shuma (School of Education, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania)
William A.L. Anangisye (School of Education, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania)
Mjege Kinyota (Dar es Salaam University College of Education, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania)

Quality Assurance in Education

ISSN: 0968-4883

Article publication date: 17 June 2024

Issue publication date: 27 June 2024

30

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to unveil opportunities for promoting teacher ethics through quality school-based professional development (S-BPD) programmes to improve teachers’ ethical conduct in Tanzanian primary schools.

Design/methodology/approach

This qualitative study uses an institutional ethnography design. The data were collected through interviews, focus group discussion, observation and documentary review. Data analysis was guided by Braun and Clarke’s (2006) framework of thematic analysis.

Findings

Opportunities to promote teacher ethics drew on quality S-BPD programmes. These opportunities include interactions with morally committed teachers, introduction of the civic and moral subject, prevalence of teacher misconduct, ideal school leadership and development and access to affordable technology.

Practical implications

The study provides useful insights into how to reshape teachers’ ethical competences and to link theory and practice in teaching. Moreover, the study suggests school-based solutions to the problem of resource scarcity for teachers to retool their professional competences.

Originality/value

The opportunities revealed are critical for promoting teacher ethics through quality S-BPD programmes in primary schools because teacher ethics is learned. The study offers insights into how to improve teacher ethics in primary schools. It concludes that internalising these opportunities as a whole is vital, as they have the potential to promote teacher ethics in Tanzanian public primary schools.

Keywords

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to express special thanks to the research participants for their active engagement in this study.

Disclosure statement: The authors confirm that no conflict of interest arose from this research.

Citation

Shuma, J.R., Anangisye, W.A.L. and Kinyota, M. (2024), "Opportunities in promoting teacher ethics in Tanzania’s public primary schools through quality school-based professional development programmes", Quality Assurance in Education, Vol. 32 No. 3, pp. 478-492. https://doi.org/10.1108/QAE-02-2024-0039

Publisher

:

Emerald Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2024, Emerald Publishing Limited

Related articles