The Ethics of Educational Leadership / Edition 2

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In The Ethics of Educational Leadership, the author of one of the leading texts in human resource administration presents a practical resource dealing with significant ethical issues involved in building and central office administration. In it, Ronald Rebore presents the ethical ideas and notions of 20 philosophers and psychologists applied to the practice of educational leadership. The book helps tomorrow’s educational leaders evaluate the philosophical ideas of others, and use what they discover to develop their own way of approaching their leadership responsibilities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132907101
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/23/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 179,813
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald W. Rebore, Ph.D. is a tenured professor in the Department of Education at Saint Louis University, where he researches and teaches in the graduate educational leadership program. Before going to the University, he was a high school English and Social Science Teacher and a high school Guidance Counselor. Further, for a total of twenty-two years, he served as an Assistant Superintendent for business and finance in the Lindbergh School District and Superintendent of Schools for the Valley Park and Special School Districts. Most recently, he served as the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Graduate School at Saint Louis University. Dr. Rebore’s research and publications focus on the human dimensions of educational leadership, which include ethics, human resources administration, and human relations. He has authored twelve books, and is currently working on the 10th revision of his internationally acclaimed book: Human Resources Administration in Education, A Management Approach. The HR book and his book on human relations have been translated into Chinese and are used to teach future educational leaders in China. The First Edition of the ethics book has been translated into Korean.

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No issue has captured the interest and imagination of the American public more than the subject of ethics, particularly in relation to leadership in the public sector. Further, ethical issues in education now concern not only the conduct of administrators, teachers, and staff members in relation to how they fulfill their responsibilities in schools and school districts, but also the ethics of their private lives. The public makes little distinction between the arenas in which educational leaders deal with ethical situations. People are concerned with the ethical fiber of superintendents, principals, and other administrators regardless of the situations in which they perform an action. They are public figures and as such are expected to be role models for students, other educators, and the public in general.

In treating the subject of ethics as it relates to educational leadership, the material and argumentation in this text are organized so that they support Standard Five of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards for School Leaders. This standard is concerned with the ethics of school leadership. The works of important philosophers provide the basis for the development of the ethical principles presented in this book. Equally important is the methodology that these philosophers used in arriving at ethical insights. The lasting benefit to students of educational-leadership ethics is understanding their method of analysis. Two philosophers from the classical period are presented, along with six from the modern period and fifteen from the contemporary period. These philosophers were chosen because their ideasand concepts are relevant to the American ethos and to the practice of educational leadership.

The Ethics of Educational Leadership should be of interest to three groups of people: professors of educational leadership who have the instructional responsibility of teaching courses in ethics; practicing central-office and school-building administrators who want to become more familiar with the field of ethics; and members of the general public who have an interest in how ethics relates to educational leadership.

The book is organized into five parts. Part One, "The Ethical Administrator," comprises Chapters 1 through 3 and is concerned with establishing the fundamental principles endemic to being an ethical person who is also an educational leader. Part Two, "The Ethical Practice of Educational Leadership," includes Chapters 4 and 5, which concentrate on the ethical practice of central-office and school-building administration. Part Three, "Equity and Educational Leadership," contains Chapters 6 and 7. These chapters deal with gender equity and how other kinds of equity issues can be addressed in a pluralistic society. In addition, this section discusses equity from the perspective of social justice and considers how public discourse can contribute to the development of educational administration policies. The Epilogue constitutes the fourth part of this book, and sets forth some final thoughts about ethics. Last is the Appendix, which contains a self-assessment instrument that will help the reader ascertain his or her understanding of ethical principles in relation to educational leadership activities.

Several pedagogical features will help the reader understand the nuances of the material. Each chapter contains the following sections: "Other Philosophical Approaches to the Issues in This Chapter," "Crosswalk to ISLLC Standard Five" (except Chapter 1), "Ethical Considerations Presented in This Chapter," "Summary," "Discussion Questions and Statements," and "Selected Bibliography," as well as one or more case studies (except Chapter 1). Further, the text includes several excerpts from the writings of important philosophers and from documents that set forth principles that have an impact on ethical conduct.


I am especially grateful for the support which I received from my wife, Sandy, my son, Ron, and daughter, Lisa, both of whom are teachers. I could not have completed this book without the encouragement and support of Debbie Stollenwerk, my editor at Merrill/Prentice Hall. Her insight helped me focus the book so that it better serves the needs of the academic community.

Finally, I wish to thank the reviewers for their comments and suggestions: Clinton Collins, University of Kentucky; David A. Erlandson, Texas A&M University; Beverly Geltner, Eastern Michigan University; Robbe Lynn Henderson, California State University, Dominquez Hills; Larry W. Hughes, University of Houston; Stephen Jacobson, State University of New at Buffalo; and Spencer Maxcy, Louisiana State University.

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Table of Contents


Part One The Ethical Administrator 1

Chapter 1 The Purpose and Structure of the Book 3

Chapter 2 Developing a Personal Approach to Ethics 19

Chapter 3 The Ethics of Power and Duty in Educational Leadership 49

Chapter 4 The Ethics of Human Relations 87

Part Two The Ethical Practice of Educational Leadership 109

Chapter 5 Ethical Considerations in Leadership at the School-District Level 111

Chapter 6 Ethical Considerations in School-Building Leadership 141

Chapter 7 Legal Issues and the Ethics of Educational Leadership 163

Part Three Equity in Ethical Educational Leadership 183

Chapter 8 The Issue of Gender and Educational Leadership 185

Chapter 9 Pluralism, Justice, Discourse Ethics, and Educational Leadership 209

P art Four Human Communication and the Ethics of Educational

Leadership 243

Chapter 10 The Fundamentals of Human Communication and the Ethics of Educational Leadership 245

Chapter 11 Cultural Communication and the Ethics of Educational Leadership 263

Chapter 12 The Ethics of Nonverbal and Verbal Expressions in Human Communication 283

Chapter 13 The Empathetic and Genuine Administrator 303

Epilogue 317

Index 323

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