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ERIC Number: EJ1105736
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1532-0723
Negotiating the Double Mandate: Mapping Ethical Conflict Experienced by Practicing Educational Leaders
McGee, Jeffrey W.; Mansfield, Katherine Cumings
Education Leadership Review of Doctoral Research, v1 n1 p157-174 Mar 2014
The purpose of this study was to capture and describe ethical conflict experienced by seasoned educational administrators. Narrative inquiry via electronic survey was conducted with 42 participants with follow-up interviews conducted with a smaller sample of purposefully-selected participants. Findings suggest that ethical conflict is inherent in the practice of educational leadership and is most often experienced in relation to colleagues when the ethics of justice and care collide. Moreover, leaders' ability to mitigate conflict, which is exacerbated by institutional and external factors, is improved when coupled by longevity and diversity of leadership experiences. Finally, the role leadership preparation programs and in-service professional development play in building theoretical foundations and competence in applied ethical decision-making cannot be overestimated.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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