Ethical leadership in a time of increasing accountability

Ehrich, Lisa C., Harris, Jessica, Klenowski, Valentina, Smeed, Judy, & Ainscow, Mel (2015) Ethical leadership in a time of increasing accountability. Leading and Managing, 21(1), pp. 22-35.

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Australia, like many other countries, has embraced national testing as part of wider reforms and increased accountability in schooling. Results for standardised testing programs, such as NAPLAN, are widely published yet form only one part of accountability for educators. We argue that accountability also has moral, ethical and professional dimensions.

In this paper we offer a discussion of background to our study of ethical leadership in a time of data driven or contractual accountability. Based on Starratt’s (1996) model, we define ethical leadership as a social, relational practice concerned with the moral purpose of education (Angus, 2006). Our central thesis is that given increasing accountabilities, school leaders need to consider approaches to ethical leadership to improve quality and equity in education and achieve equitable outcomes for all students. The paper concludes with key implications for school leaders.

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ID Code: 87471
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: NAPLAN, Accountability for Educators, Standardised testing programs, Ethical leadership, Contractual accountability
ISSN: 1329-4539
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Australian Council for Educational Leaders
Deposited On: 16 Sep 2015 02:04
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2015 19:48

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