ERIC Number: EJ800509
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 99
Using Media as the Basis for a Social Issues Approach to Promoting Moral Literacy in University Teaching
Normore, Anthony H.; Doscher, Stephanie Paul
Journal of Educational Administration, v45 n4 p427-450 2007
Purpose: The purpose of this research is to explore the use of media as the basis for a social issues approach to promoting moral literacy and effective teaching in educational leadership programs. Design/methodology/approach: Through a review of relevant literature, mass media sources, and observations, the authors use Starratt's framework of moral responsibility to identify ethical practice in response to dilemmas brought on by local, regional, national and international crises and conflicts. Regional, national and international crises and conflicts are regularly reported on the Internet, as well as in the local, regional, national and international media (e.g., "Time, Macleans, Michigan Citizen, The Washington Post, Education Week, The Boston Globe, National Geographic"). Findings: The use of mass media venues, when compounded with moral grounding better equips educational leaders to act with ethical orientations. Professional organizations should encourage and support leaders who engage in public citizenship activities--answering critical questions, brokering views, encouraging discussion, and serving as resources. Originality/value: Issues concerning the ethical usage of mass media are complex, often unique, and ought to be an integral component of teaching in formal educational leadership experience. Consequently, the authors advocate the use of the media in university teaching as the basis for a social issues approach to promote morally literate graduates in university educational leadership programs. Actual examples of reactions about the use of media from a class of graduate students enrolled in an ethics class and educational leadership are included.
Descriptors: Mass Media Use, Instructional Leadership, Administrator Education, Social Problems, Graduate Students, Teacher Effectiveness, Ethics, Mass Media, Leadership Training, Moral Values, Literacy, Citizenship Responsibility
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan