Chapter 1: Ethics in Educational Leadership
From the Book: The Refractive Thinker®: Vol IV: Ethics, Leadership, and Globalization


Educational leadership requires educators to make substantive decisions that affect staff, students, and community. Good sound judgment and practical implementation support the social and economic influences decisions have on a school community. An educational leader needs a sound personal ethical belief for moral decision-making. Deontology, teleology, and value theories form the foundation for a modern rationale of ethical thought. The resolution of societal dilemmas is important to achieving happiness and the good life through “a more orderly, more thoughtful approach to solving problems” (Beckner, p. 48). One example of an ethical dilemma is the debate of full inclusion versus isolated special education placements (Gallagher, 2001). The inclusion of special needs students in the general education programs in an ethical matter.
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