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ERIC Number: EJ986764
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-1052-6846
Examining the Crossroads of Law, Ethics, and Education Leadership
Bon, Susan C.
Journal of School Leadership, v22 n2 p285-308 Mar 2012
Educational leaders are bound by legal and ethical imperatives to make certain that all children have access to an education and the opportunity to learn. To better understand how law and ethics intersect, this article adopted the cultural study perspective to analyze U.S. Supreme Court opinions for language revealing the intersection of law and ethics. The Supreme Court has contributed to the realization of educational goals, relying on the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause to ensure that equal educational opportunities are not deprived because of a child's race ("Brown v. Board of Education," 1954) or illegal immigration status ("Plyler v. Doe," 1982). Through the cultural study of law and exploration of legal discourse--language, symbols, and content--in these landmark Supreme Court decisions, similar taxonomies and patterns of discussion emerged illustrating the intersection of law and ethics. These taxonomies were used as coding protocols and exploratory guides for the subsequent review of education leadership literature through the quantitative content analysis method. Based on this analysis, a proposal is made advocating a paradigm shift in the way that law and education scholars analyze, discuss, and critique the Supreme Court decisions affecting children's educational rights. Specifically, this article proposes the adoption of an integrated legal and ethical paradigm to study the legal discourse in the Supreme Court's education law decisions. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Brown v Board of Education; Doe v Plyler; Fourteenth Amendment