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ERIC Number: EJ802983
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0957-8234
Conflicts, Confusions and Contradictions in Principals' Ethical Decision Making
Dempster, Neil; Carter, Lucy; Freakley, Mark; Parry, Lindsay
Journal of Educational Administration, v42 n4 p450-461 2004
Using survey results compiled from an extensive study into the ethical decision making of school principals, this article analyses the nature and consistency of principals' ethical decision-making processes. Based on the findings, the article argues that even though principals on the whole have well-meaning intentions, by and large, they do not display consistent conceptual knowledge of major ethical theories; they exhibit certain contradictions in their ethical reasoning and they suffer regular conflicts with their own personal and professional values. The article concludes by offering some suggestions for future professional development strategies that may serve to better educate principals on the concepts and processes required for consistent, confident and well-reasoned ethical decision making. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia