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Ethical Leadership and Decision Making in Education


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Table of Contents

1 Multiple Ethical Paradigms and the Preparation of Educational Leaders in a Diverse and Complex Era

2 Viewing Ethical Dilemmas Through Multiple Paradigms

Part II: A Multiparadigm Approach to Analyzing Paradoxical

3 Individual Rights Versus Community Standards

4 Traditional Curriculum Versus Hidden Curriculum

5 Personal Codes Versus Professional Codes

6 The American Melting Pot Versus the Chinese Hot Pot

7 Religion Versus Culture

8 Equality Versus Equity

9 Accountability Versus Responsibility

10 Privacy Versus Safety

11 Technology Versus Respect

Part III: Teaching as Scholarly Work

12 Ethics, Ourselves, and Our Pedagogy

About the Author

Joan Poliner Shapiro is Professor of Higher Education at Temple University and Co-Director of the New DEEL (Democratic Ethical Educational Leadership) Community Network. Jacqueline A. Stefkovich is Professor of Education Law and Ethics at The Pennsylvania State University.


"The ability to puzzle through and solve ethical dilemmas is a learned skill for most people, including educational leaders. Shapiro and Stefkovich facilitate both understanding and application through a set of compelling case studies that reflect authentic problems of leadership practice. The book not only makes the case for ethical decision making, but it also provides models and opportunities for practice through four essential ethical paradigms. It is, in a word, comprehensive. Few teaching resources in educational leadership come close."

--Michelle Young, Executive Director of UCEA and Professor of Educational Leadership at University of Virginia

"In their fourth edition of this seminal book, the authors skillfully use multiple ethical paradigms to explore complex moral dilemmas involving technology and other real-life concerns facing educators. This book is a must-read for educational leaders and those who prepare them for their ethically challenging roles."

--Martha McCarthy, Presidential Professor, Loyola Marymount University and Chancellor's Professor Emeritus, Indiana University

Praise for the Previous Edition:

"A significant contribution by two of the most respected and thoughtful scholars in the field of educational ethics. Shapiro and Stefkovich provide the most coherent narrative to date on the significance of ethics for school leaders. No one does a better job of taking readers to the street level to teach the types of ethical issues which they will confront on the job."

--Joseph F. Murphy, Frank W. Mayborn Chair of Education and Associate Dean at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University

"The first edition of this reader-friendly, accessible text quickly became a classic and a widely-used resource for faculty and students. This edition builds on the strengths of the original and will continue to be an important resource for the field."

--Gail Furman, Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Washington State University

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