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Eeva Kaisa Hyry-Beihammer, Erkki T. Lassila, Eila Estola & Minna Uitto (2022) Moral imagination in student teachers’ written stories on an ethical dilemma, European Journal of Teacher Education, 45:3, 435-449, DOI: 10.1080/02619768.2020.1860013

Moral imagination in student teachers’ written stories on an ethical dilemma

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Author: Hyry-Beihammer, Eeva Kaisa1; Lassila, Erkki T.2; Estola, Eila2;
Organizations: 1Department of Secondary Education, University of Education Upper Austria, Linz, Austria
2Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2020
Publish Date: 2022-06-08


This article explores how student teachers use moral imagination when writing about an ethical dilemma. Moral imagination refers to the ability to consider a situation from a distance and to understand different perspectives through imagination. An ethical dilemma was presented in the form of a framing story, which the participating Austrian and Finnish student teachers continued writing as they chose. Through positioning and narrative analyses, we uncovered how the students’ moral imagination on the ethical dilemma centred on one or more of the following foci: (1) the pupil, (2) themselves as teachers or (3) other actors. This moral imagination manifested through different storylines. The implications of these results and the relevance of the method for teacher education are discussed.

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Series: European journal of teacher education
ISSN: 0261-9768
ISSN-E: 1469-5928
ISSN-L: 0261-9768
Volume: 45
Issue: 3
Pages: 435 - 449
DOI: 10.1080/02619768.2020.1860013
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Funding: This work was supported by the Academy of Finland under grant number [265974] (Disentangling the Emotional Dimension in Beginning Teachers’ Work) and Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 265974
Detailed Information: 265974 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2020 Association for Teacher Education in Europe. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Journal of Teacher Education on 08 Dec 2020, available online: