(UN) Ethical practices and ethical dilemmas in universities : Academic leaders' perceptions

Ehrich, Lisa C., Cranston, Neil, Kimber, Megan, & Starr, Karen (2012) (UN) Ethical practices and ethical dilemmas in universities : Academic leaders' perceptions. International Studies in Educational Administration, 40(2), pp. 99-114.

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In this paper we report on the qualitative component of a study that explored middle level academic leaders’ experiences of (un)ethical practices and ethical dilemmas in their daily work. An electronic survey was distributed to academic leaders from universities across three Australian states. There are three major findings in this study. First, the messy context of universities is providing a fertile ground for ethical dilemmas to flourish. Second, the two main categories of unethical practices identified by participants were academic dishonesty and inappropriate behaviour towards staff and students. Third, the ethical dilemmas that emerged focused on the academic leaders’ strong sense of professional ethics that were in conflict with an ethic of care, supervisors’ directives, and the rules and policies of the organisation.

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ID Code: 56360
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: ethics, dilemmas, university academics, HERN
ISSN: 1324-1702
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management
Deposited On: 17 Jan 2013 01:48
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2017 08:36

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