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Exploring ethical dilemmas for principals arising from role conflict with school counsellors

Kimber, Megan & Campbell, Marilyn A. (2013) Exploring ethical dilemmas for principals arising from role conflict with school counsellors. Educational Management Administration and Leadership, pp. 209-227.

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Abstract

Acting in the best interests of students is central to the moral and ethical work of schools. Yet tensions can arise between principals and school counsellors as they work from at times opposing professional paradigms. In this article we report on principals’ and counsellors’ responses to scenarios covering confidentiality and the law, student/teacher relationships, student welfare and psychological testing of students. This discussion takes place against an examination of ethics, ethical dilemmas and professional codes of ethics. While there were a number of commonalities among principals and school counsellors that arose from their common belief in education as a moral venture, there were also some key differences among them. These differences centred on the principals’ focus on the school as a whole and counsellors’ focus on the welfare of the individual student. A series of recommendations is offered to assist principals to navigate ethical dilemmas such as those considered in this article.

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ID Code: 49041
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Published online before print September 24, 2013
Keywords: prinicipals, counsellors, ethics
DOI: 10.1177/1741143213499259
ISSN: 1741-1440
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Counselling (130305)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 the Author(s)
Deposited On: 09 Mar 2012 07:46
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2014 05:14

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