Contextual influences on school leaders in Australia: some data from a recent study of principals' ethical decision-making

Dempster, Neil and Carter, Lucy and Freakley, Mark and Parry, Lindsay (2004) Contextual influences on school leaders in Australia: some data from a recent study of principals' ethical decision-making. School Leadership & Management, 24 (2). pp. 163-174. ISSN 1363-2434


In this article we present a discussion of micro-contextual and macro-contextual influences on principals' decision-making compiled from survey and interview data gathered from an extensive study into the ethical decision-making of school principals in Queensland during 2000. We show that there are a number of micro-contextual influences at play and that principals utilize various consultation networks close to the school when faced with ethical issues. We contend that principals are left underprepared and often unsupported when they are confronted with decisions that are influenced by macro political, social and market-oriented forces. We suggest that there is a need for the identification and implementation of professional development strategies that recognize this deficiency and conclude by offering some suggestions.

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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 12:16
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: principals; ethics; context effect; decision making; social issues; politics of education; professional development; administrator attitudes; interviews
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220107 Professional Ethics (incl. police and research ethics)
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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