ERIC Number: ED364936
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Preparing Ethical Leaders: Overviewing Current Efforts and Analyzing Forces That Have Shaped Them.
Beck, Lynn G.; Murphy, Joseph
This paper presents findings of a study that investigated efforts to address ethical issues in 42 University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) institutions. Data were gathered through a survey that was mailed to the department chairs of administrator-education programs at 50 UCEA institutions. A total of 42 responded, a response rate of 84 percent. Overall, respondents recognized the relationship between ethical problems and school leadership, expressed an increasing interest in ethics and trends in scholarship and policy, and viewed educational administration as a fundamentally ethical endeavor. Responses regarding programs fell into four general categories: (1) little interest in the area of ethics; (2) incidental treatment of ethics; (3) conscious efforts to integrate ethics into the curriculum; and (4) courses focusing on ethics, values, and moral leadership. Over one-third of the institutions offered courses on ethics and several required such courses for fulfillment of a degree. The factors that have influenced the rising interest in ethical instruction--demographic, political, organizational, and ideological changes--are discussed. Because many inside and outside the school community view school leadership as a moral endeavor and recognize the need to prepare prospective administrators to function as ethical practitioners, interest in this topic will continue to grow. (Contains 99 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the University Council for Educational Administration (Houston, TX, October 29-31, 1993).