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

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Dempster, Neil, Carter, Lucy, 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 and Management. 24 (2), pp. 163-174. https://doi.org/10.1080/1363243041000695804
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Contextual influences on school leaders in Australia: some data from a recent study of principals' ethical decision-making

ERA Journal ID19924
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsDempster, Neil (Author), Carter, Lucy (Author), Freakley, Mark (Author) and Parry, Lindsay (Author)
Journal TitleSchool Leadership and Management
Journal Citation24 (2), pp. 163-174
Number of Pages12
Year2004
ISSN0260-1362
1363-2434
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/1363243041000695804
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1363243041000695804
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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.

Keywordsprincipals; ethics; context effect; decision making; social issues; politics of education; professional development; administrator attitudes; interviews
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390403. Educational administration, management and leadership
500107. Professional ethics
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Byline AffiliationsGriffith University
Christchurch College of Education, New Zealand
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