ERIC Number: ED368053
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Ethics or the Law: What Drives Administrative Decisions among School Administrators in the Claiborne County Public School System.
Reeves, Shirley Smith; Jones, Louise J.
A study sought to determine if administrators can make ethical and legal decisions, and to determine the different weight educational administrators assign to ethical and legal issues when making decisions. The study examined the decision patterns of ethical/illegal, legal/unethical, and unethical/illegal to determine the pattern that would emerge when conflicts existed. Data were gathered through a questionnaire mailed to 25 administrators in the Claiborne County Public School System (CCPSS) during the school year 1992-93. Demographic data related to the sample and data concerning ethics preparation were gathered through the use of the questionnaire. Analysis of the data involved frequency distribution, percentages, paired sample t-tests, and analysis of variance. The data revealed that educational administrators in the CCPSS can make ethical and legal decisions. The ethical decision was selected with significantly greater accuracy than was the legal decision, making the ethical decision pattern dominant. The data revealed that ethics play a major role in day-to-day decision making by educational administrators. These findings indicate that there is a need for including ethics in the curriculum design for training educational administrators. (KDP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Claiborne County Public Schools MS
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (22nd, New Orleans, LA, November 10-12, 1993).