Best Interests of the Student: Applying Ethical Constructs to Legal Cases in Education

Best Interests of the Student: Applying Ethical Constructs to Legal Cases in Education

by Jacqueline A. Stefkovich
     
 

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Best Interests of the Student presents both a theoretical model for guiding educators as they confront legal and ethical dilemmas in their schools, as well as highly accessible and annotated court cases for exploration. Stefkovich introduces an ethical decision-making model that focuses on strategies for determining what actions are in the "best interests

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Best Interests of the Student presents both a theoretical model for guiding educators as they confront legal and ethical dilemmas in their schools, as well as highly accessible and annotated court cases for exploration. Stefkovich introduces an ethical decision-making model that focuses on strategies for determining what actions are in the "best interests of the student," and demonstrates the application of this theoretical model for examining legal and ethical dimensions of court cases. Discussion questions at the end of each case encourage readers to examine issues from differing viewpoints, helping them to become more self-reflective school leaders who can effectively address legal dilemmas in their own contexts. This important text is a valuable resource for both aspiring and practicing school administrators and leaders.

This thoroughly revised edition features:

  • An entirely new chapter focusing on issues surrounding technology, specifically bullying, harassment, and "sexting"
  • 13 new legal cases to reflect recent developments in school law, including issues of free speech, teacher accountability, and school policies
  • A continued focus on preparing leaders to meet the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) ethics standard

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"...the author has presented a short, straightforward book that tackles a vital topic with a new approach - consideration of actual legal cases in order to provoke thought within the area."—PsycCRITIQUES, January 24, 2007, Vol. 52, No. 4

“Only a few scholars are doing substantive work in this exciting field of inquiry, and Stefkovich ranks among the best. This book usefully differentiates perspectives on ethics based solely on theory from those grounded in research and practical legal applications. Compelling arguments support leaders adopting a multi-ethical perspective in their professional work, with a particular focus on explicit interpretations of the meaning of students’ best interests.”—Paul T. Begley Pennsylvania State University, Director, UCEA Center for the Study of Leadership

“This original work [is] a major scholarly contribution to the field of educational leadership and policy.... It creates new juxtapositions of theory and practice, law, ethics, and decision making.... It is a pleasure to read. In a practical sense it fills a huge void in the materials available to the serious graduate student interested in understanding and using the intersection of ethics and the law.”—Patricia First, University of Arizona

“Enlightening, readable, and well-organized.... The discussion of the ethical models is clear and will be meaningful to readers who have little background in this area.... The use of court cases followed by analyses and pertinent questions is an extremely effective strategy.”—Martha McCarthy, Indiana University

"Best Interests of the Student: Applying Ethical Constructs to Legal Cases in Education is an exciting effort in bridging the gap that currently exists between how the education and legal community address issues of ethics and the law in the context of educational environments...[It] provides a wonderful tool for those within the educational community interested in exploring more deeply values, ethics and their application to decision-making within the context of legal cases...Stefkovich has successfully taken on these issues by recognizing that the impact of the decision-making process is significant because of its impact on the student, the need to place the value of the best interests of the student at the center of the inquiry, and finally the synergistic impact of exploring these often confounding issues through more than a single paradigm's lens."—Teachers College Record, March 06, 2007

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781135920760
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/23/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Jacqueline Stefkovich is Professor in the Department of Education Policy Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, USA.

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