Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Morals, values and ethics: Their impact on the decisions of the school principal
by Pede, Jon Charles, Ed.D., Lewis and Clark College, 2015, 344; 3687658
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this grounded theory qualitative study is to examine how principals in a large suburban school district in the Northwest United States, define their educational ethical philosophy and the role of their own morals and values in the development of this philosophy. It will also explore what role their ethical personal morals and values affect their ethical philosophy within their leadership through the daily decisions they make and how the role of ethics by principals are situated within the scope of the ethics of justice, care, critique, community, and profession based upon their decision-making as defined by Shapiro (2006), Shapiro and Stefkovich (2011), and Shapiro and Gross (2013).

Today, school structures are increasingly more complex and as a result pressure on principals to lead ethically is a key factor for student achievement outcome (Shapiro & Stefkovich, 2011). Growing demands in educational reform are creating increased uncertainty of leadership direction within the role of the school principal (Garrett-Staib & Maninger, 2012). These ethical conflicts dramatically affect decision-making by principals, which may ultimately detrimentally affect the lives of students in our educational system. This may be a result of principals making decisions based upon their own morals and values, conflicting directly with actual student need. Findings in this particular study include at least 38 identified values and 36 identified morals with little commonality between the principals interviewed. These findings in this study evoke a strong indication of the influence personal morals and values on the role of school principal.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Brinson, Kenneth
Commitee: Lenssen, John, Montgomery, Dawn
School: Lewis and Clark College
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Oregon
Source: DAI-A 76/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Ethics, Educational leadership
Keywords: Ethics, Morals, Values
Publication Number: 3687658
ISBN: 978-1-321-65324-3
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