Conflicts, confusions and contradictions in principals' ethical decision making

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Dempster, Neil, Carter, Lucy, Freakley, Mark and Parry, Lindsay. 2004. "Conflicts, confusions and contradictions in principals' ethical decision making ." Journal of Educational Administration. 42 (4), pp. 450-461. https://doi.org/10.1108/09578230410544062
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Conflicts, confusions and contradictions in principals' ethical decision making

ERA Journal ID19919
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsDempster, Neil (Author), Carter, Lucy (Author), Freakley, Mark (Author) and Parry, Lindsay (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Educational Administration
Journal Citation42 (4), pp. 450-461
Number of Pages12
Year2004
ISSN0957-8234
1758-7395
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/09578230410544062
Abstract

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.

Keywordsschool principals; decision making; Ethics; reliability
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390403. Educational administration, management and leadership
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Byline AffiliationsGriffith University
Christchurch College of Education, New Zealand
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