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ERIC Number: ED432036
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 38
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Moral-Ethical Leadership as Everyday Practice.
Miron, Louis; Bogotch, Ira; Biesta, Gert
This paper presents an alternative view of moral-educational leadership, one that is based on a postmodern perspective centered on concern for "others." It emphasizes the importance of including students' voices when constructing moral practices and contrasts modern approaches to those methods that build moral-ethical schools with postmodern assumptions. The article highlights the need to locate sources of morality and to recognize its pluralistic nature. It draws on data from high-school students at two prototypical urban schools to reinterpret students' experiences as a "dialogue with empirical evidence." The purpose is to highlight the moral potential for educational leadership inherent in students-as-others' points of view. For the study, 23 African-American students were interviewed. The students' responses were categorized into four empirical relationships: (1) morality as students' relationships with the "others" individually; (2) morality as students' relationships with the "others" collectively/socioculturally; (3) morality as students' strength of identities; and (4) morality as students' relationships with the "other" ideally. The postmodern stance allows the students' relationship to be portrayed as a reflection of multiple realities grounded in students' experiences in life. Students voiced the need for the adults near them to provide discipline and preparation for life after school. Contains 33 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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