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The third edition of the best-selling text, Ethical Leadership and Decision Making in Education, continues to address the increasing interest in ethics and assists educational leaders with the complex dilemmas in today’s challenging and diverse society. Through discussion and analysis of real-life moral dilemmas that educational leaders face in their schools and communities, authors Shapiro and Stefkovich demonstrate the application of their four ethical paradigms—the ethics of justice, care, critique, and profession. After an illustration of how the Multiple Ethical Paradigm approach may be applied to real dilemmas, the authors present a series of cases written by students and academics in the field representing the dilemmas faced by practicing educational leaders in urban, suburban, and rural settings in an era full of complexities and contradictions. Following each case are questions that call for thoughtful, complex thinking and help readers come to grips with their own ethical codes and apply them to practical situations.

New in the Third Edition:

  • An entire new chapter on privacy versus safety, including ethical issues such as strip searches, gang membership, cyber-bullying, and sexting.
  • New cases infused into chapters on early childhood education, diverse student populations, and technology.
  • Updates throughout to reflect contemporary issues and recent scholarship in the field of ethical leadership.

Including teaching notes for the instructor stressing the importance of self-reflection, this text is easily adaptable for a variety of uses with a wide range of audiences. Ethical Leadership and Decision Making in Education is a valuable book for both aspiring and practicing administrators, teacher leaders, and educational policy makers.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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

Joan Poliner Shapiro recipient of Temple University's 2011 Great Teacher Award

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415874595
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/25/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 250,043
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Poliner Shapiro is Professor of Educational Administration at Temple University and Co-Founder of the New DEEL (Democratic Ethical Educational Leadership) movement.

Jacqueline A. Stefkovich is Professor of Education Law and Ethics at The Pennsylvania State University and Co-Director of the UCEA’s D.J. Willower Center for the Study of Ethics and Leadership.

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Table of Contents


PART I: Practice and Paradigms in the Study of Ethics

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 Dilemmas

3. Individual Rights vs. Community Standards

The Adult Fantasy Center

Artificial Insemination

The Trouble with Daddy’s Roommate

The School of Hard Knocks

4. Traditional Curriculum vs. Hidden Curriculum

AIDS and Age-Appropriate Education

Vivisection: A Dilemma for the Undergraduate Classroom

Culturally Responsive Curricula or an Ethical Dilemma?

School Budget Blues and Copyright

There’s No Place Like School

5. Personal Codes vs. Professional Codes

Drunkenness or Disease?

Rising Star or Wife Beater?

After School Antics

Job Sharing: Some Real Benefits

When Teachers Fight

6. The American Melting Pot vs. the Chinese Hot Pot

A Home for Marlon

Parents’ Rights vs. School Imperatives

Lost in Translation

Responsibility and the Organization

7. Religion vs. Culture

Buddhism and the Caring of Animals

Ceremonial Rights

Time off for Religious Services

Religion and Social/Personal Contradictions

8. Equality vs. Equity

When All Means All

Black and White and Shades of Gray

Access to Knowledge

Academic Integrity in a Deaf Education Setting

When Fundraising and School Policy Collide

9. Accountability vs. Responsibility

The Secret Society of Test Givers

Whose Best Interests: A Testing Dilemma

Testing High Stakes

Ability, Maturity, and Parental Perspectives

A Merit-Based Scholarship

10. Privacy vs. Safety

Keeping Children Safe: When is Enough, Enough?

Punishment, Rehabilitation, or Mitigating Circumstances?

School Discipline, Criminal Complaint, or Compassionate Intervention?

New Bullying for the 21st Century: Cyber-Bullying in the Middle

All’s Fair in Love and School

PART III: Teaching as Scholarly Work

11. Ethics, Ourselves, and Our Pedagogy


About the Contributors


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