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Ethical dilemmas faced by school leaders: What are they? What challenges do they raise? How can they be 'managed'?


Cranston, NC, Ethical dilemmas faced by school leaders: What are they? What challenges do they raise? How can they be 'managed'?, Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership Change News, 9 November 2017, University of Hong Kong (2017) [Keynote Presentation]

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Increasingly, principals are leading their schools in changing and challenging contexts, such that their decision-making is now framed by greater intensification and complexity. This, coupled with the significant people focus of much of their work, means that many of their decisions have multiple response pathways and hence are best considered as dilemmas, some of which generate ethical challenges. These ethical dilemmas - described by one principal as the "bread and butter" of what we do - go to the very heart of the principal's values and beliefs, and indeed potentially to those of the school, the staff, and the parent and community body. Drawing on research with principals, this seminar will explore what we mean by ethical dilemmas, the sorts of challenges they generate and some suggested strategies for "managing" them successfully. A model will be presented that conceptualises the key forces at play and the "actors" involved as school leaders struggle to resolve these ethical dilemmas. Potential consequences and impacts on individuals and schools of particular resolution pathways are also noted.

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Item Type:Keynote Presentation
Keywords:ethical dilemmas
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Educational administration, management and leadership
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Management, resources and leadership
UTAS Author:Cranston, NC (Professor Neil Cranston)
ID Code:122409
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-11-13
Last Modified:2018-02-12
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