ERIC Number: ED372544
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct-30
The Missing Link for the Administration of Special Education: The Ethic of Care.
Special education is experiencing the effects of educational reform. Examples include rethinking of service delivery, collaborative versus authoritarian leadership, teambuilding and inclusionary practices replace exclusionary practices, and diversity issues. These changes are creating ethical and moral dilemmas for school administrators. In forming moral judgements, two voices are distinguishable: the voice of care, connection, protection from harm, and response; and the voice of justice, equality, reciprocity, and rights. Women tend to choose a care orientation while men tend to choose a justice orientation. The competence of caring and intuition has just as much importance as that of justice, and needs to be assimilated into the leadership and organizational theories for educational administration. This approach can be applied to special education service delivery and administrative practice through consideration of such issues as placement of minority students, services to individuals with disabilities as well as their caregivers, shared educational responsibility, participatory opportunities for parents, and the impact of Outcome Based Education. (Contains 35 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the University Council of Educational Administration (7th, Houston, TX, October 30, 1993).