5th Edition

Ethical Leadership and Decision Making in Education Applying Theoretical Perspectives to Complex Dilemmas

    312 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    312 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The fifth 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 complex dilemmas in today’s challenging, divided, and diverse societies.

    Through discussion and analysis, Shapiro and Stefkovich demonstrate the application of four ethical paradigms – the ethics of justice, critique, care, and the profession. After illustrating how the Multiple Ethical Paradigms may be applied to authentic dilemmas, the authors present cases written by graduate students, practitioners, and academics representing dilemmas faced by educational leaders in urban, suburban, and rural public and private schools and universities, in the U.S. and abroad. Following each case are questions that call for thoughtful, complex thinking and help readers apply the Multiple Ethical Paradigms to practical situations.

    New in the Fifth Edition are more than ten new cases that cover issues of food insufficiency, the pandemic’s effects on diverse school populations, a student’s sexual orientation, transgender students in the university, lock-down drills for young children, refugees in a Swedish school, boundaries in high school sports, generational differences in an adult diploma school, acceptance of animals on campus, and hate speech in the academy.

    This edition also includes teaching notes for the instructor stressing the importance of self-reflection, use of new technologies, and global appeal of ethical paradigms and dilemmas. This book is a critical resource for aspiring and practicing administrators, teacher leaders, and educational policy makers.

    Part I: Practice and Paradigms in the Study of Ethics  1. Multiple Ethical Paradigms and the Preparation of Educational Leaders in a Diverse, Divided and Complex Era  2. Viewing Ethical Dilemmas through Multiple Paradigms  Part II: A Multiparadigm Approach to Analyzing Paradoxical Dilemmas  3. Individual Rights Versus Community Standards  4. Traditional Curriculum Versus Hidden Curriculum  5. Personal Codes Versus Professional Codes  6. The Melting Pot Versus the Chinese Hot Pot  7. Religion Versus Culture  8. Equality Versus Equity  9. Accountability Versus Responsibility  10. Privacy Versus Safety  11. Technology Versus Respect  Part III: Teaching as Scholarly Work  12. Ethics, Ourselves, and Our Pedagogy


    Joan Poliner Shapiro is Co-Director Emerita of the New DEEL (Democratic Ethical Educational Leadership) Community Network and Professor Emerita of Higher Education at Temple University, USA.

    Jacqueline Stefkovich is an Independent Consultant, Researcher, and Professor Emerita in the Department of Education Policy Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, USA.

    "Shapiro and Stefkovich facilitate both understanding and application through a set of compelling case studies that reflect authentic problems of leadership practice. This book not only makes the case for ethical decision making, but it also provides models and opportunities for practice through four essential ethical paradigms. It is, in a word, comprehensive. Few teaching resources in educational leadership come close."
    Michelle D. Young, Professor and Dean, Loyola Marymount University, Executive Director Emeritus, University Council for Educational Administration

    "In their fifth edition of this seminal book, the authors skillfully use multiple ethical paradigms to explore complex moral dilemmas involving technology and other real-life concerns facing educators. This book is a must-read for educational leaders and those who prepare them for their ethically challenging roles." 
    Martha M. McCarthy, Presidential Professor, Loyola Marymount University, and Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus, Indiana University

    "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 type of ethical issues which they will confront on the job."  
    Joseph Murphy, Professor of Educational Leadership, Emeritus, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University