Examining the issues and dynamics of ethical dilemmas faced by school leaders
Ehrich, Lisa C., Kimber, Megan, & Cranston, Neil C. (2009) Examining the issues and dynamics of ethical dilemmas faced by school leaders. In Cranston, Neil C. & Ehrich, Lisa C. (Eds.) Australian School Leadership Today. Australian Academic Press, Bowen Hills, Qld., pp. 39-57.
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The roles and responsibilities of school leaders in most countries across the world have become more complex and challenging in recent years. In large part, this complexity has resulted from the discontinuously changing contexts and day-to-day dynamics within which principals lead their schools. Indeed, principals are now faced with having to make a plethora of decisions in an environment of competing priorities, and with consideration for the interests of students, teachers, parents and the school and wider community. Many of these decisions present as dilemmas for school leaders, where the choices for action often involve not just choosing from ‘right’ versus ‘wrong’ alternatives but also frequently from ‘right’ versus ‘right’ alternatives (Kidder, 1995). Underlying many such decisions are issues of values, principles and ethics. Dilemmas of an ethical nature arise such that principals enter a complicated ‘minefield’ of decision-making (Dempster & Berry, 2003) where significant implications results not only for those at the core of the particular decisions but also potentially for the wider school community and beyond.
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