ERIC Number: ED475494
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Feb-23
Portrait of an Ethical Administrator.
Edmonson, Stacey; Fisher, Alice; Polnick, Barbara
Recent corporate scandals have led to an increased community awareness and expectation for ethical behavior on the part of public school administrators, who are the CEOs of school districts and campuses. Previously, ethics has received little attention from professional organizations and even less attention in educator preparation programs. With increasing levels of accountability and complexity for school administrators, these gaps in ethics training must be addressed. A survey of 85 students currently enrolled in graduate level coursework in educational leadership was used to define the behaviors and characteristics of ethical administration. This paper presents the portrait of an ethical administrator--one who not only knows the ethical standards that are expected but also knows how to model these standards in his or her daily decisions and behaviors. The paper also offers tools, based on national standards for ethical behavior, to help administrators examine not only their own awareness and implementation of ethical standards but also that of their faculty and staff. These same tools can be used by educational leadership programs to help prepare current and aspiring administrators to apply their knowledge of ethical standards to everyday practice. Two appendices contain questionnaires for assessing perceptions of what exemplifies an ethical administrator and for assessing those characteristics in one's self. (Contains 14 references and 2 tables.) (Author/RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Association of School Administrators (New Orleans, LA, February 21-23, 2003).