ERIC Number: ED402675
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
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Dealing with Dilemmas in a Morally Polarized Era: The Conflicting Ethical Codes of Educational Leaders.
Shapiro, Joan Poliner; Stefkovich, Jacqueline A.
Although scholars may recognize the importance of ethics for educational leaders, they have not yet resolved how the subject can or should be taught. This paper presents an approach to teaching ethics that incorporates both traditional and nontraditional methods, discusses how this approach is carried out with a diverse student body, and attempts to respond to the need for research. The course was designed for doctoral cohort students in Temple University's Educational Leadership and Policy Studies department. The paper describes both the personal and professional codes of ethics of the two professors who taught the course and students, drawing from a qualitative analysis of 100 students' personal and professional codes. Professional codes developed by national, state, and local organizations were found to have little impact on the views of students, who found value in creating their own codes of ethics. Conflicts tended to be found between students employed in higher education settings and those employed in school systems; among urban, rural, and suburban educators; and among students with different life experiences and careers. Finally, several students realized that they had relied on a kind of situational ethics to deal with daily problems. (Contains 39 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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