Developed for parent and family life educators in Minnesota, this booklet addresses ethical thinking and professional practices. Information is drawn from the development of three different approaches for understanding ethical practice and workshops conducted during 1995-1997 in which practitioners applied recommended ethical guidelines to case studies. The booklet discusses the integration of the relational ethics approach, the principles approach, and the virtues approach, and the strengths of a multi-perspective approach. The principles of relational ethics for family life educators are then explained and specific principles are listed for relationships with parents and families, relationships with children and youth, relationships with colleagues and the profession, and relationships with communities. A case study approach for understanding ethical practices is described and case studies are provided to encourage family educators to practice ethical thinking. 6 references.
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Ethical Thinking and Practice for Parent and Family Life Educators.