ERIC Number: ED332379
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Rationale and Methods To Articulate Ethics and Administrator Training.
Greenfield, William D.
Given the moral nature of public schools and the numerous moral dilemmas faced by school administrators, training in ethics should be included in administrator preparation curricula. After discussing the public school as a moral institution, this document explains normative ethics and outlines the differences between moral and nonmoral judgments. The moral dimension of school administration, with emphasis on the moral complexity of the administrator's role, is explored in detail, with examples from recent literature used to illustrate the kinds of moral issues and dilemmas school administrators experience. Distinct types of ethical dilemmas are described, and the rationale for training in moral reasoning is explained. Also discussed are conceptions of leadership and the use of power. A final section offers five strategies for articulating training in values and ethics in administrator preparation and discusses related obstacles. (30 references) (CLA)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Administrator Education, Administrator Role, Conflict of Interest, Decision Making, Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethical Instruction, Ethics, Evaluative Thinking, Higher Education, Leadership Qualities, Moral Values, Organizational Climate, Public Schools
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).