Conflicts, confusions and contradictions in principals' ethical decision making

Dempster, Neil and Carter, Lucy and Freakley, Mark and Parry, Lindsay (2004) Conflicts, confusions and contradictions in principals' ethical decision making. Journal of Educational Administration, 42 (4). pp. 450-461. ISSN 0957-8234


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.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version not held.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2010 11:58
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: school principals; decision making; Ethics; reliability
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1108/09578230410544062

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