1st Edition

Handbook of Ethical Educational Leadership

ISBN 9780415853903
Published May 16, 2014 by Routledge
484 Pages

USD $350.00

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Book Description

The Handbook of Ethical Educational Leadership brings together an array of key authors to provide comprehensive coverage of the field of ethical educational leadership. This important volume describes contemporary educational issues that necessitate the practice of ethical leadership, reviews current theory and research-informed practices, and also explores a coherent framework for how ethical educational leadership can be achieved. With chapters from leading authors and researchers from around the world, each author contributes to a discussion of current thinking and an analysis of the field of ethical educational leadership. Coverage includes professionalism, educational purpose, social justice, multiculturalism, sustainability, empathy and caring, organizational culture, moral development, motivation, integrity, values, and decision-making. Providing practical, philosophical, and experiential insights into the field, The Handbook of Ethical Educational Leadership is an essential resource for the study of ethical leadership.

Table of Contents


  1. Why Ethical Educational Leadership?
  2. Christopher M. Branson and Steven Jay Gross


    PART 1 : Issues and Perspectives

  3. The Essence of Professionalism
  4. Sigurður Kristinsson

  5. Ethical Leadership: A Critical Transformative Approach
  6. Carolyn Shields

  7. The Purpose of Education
  8. Robert J. Starratt

  9. Socio-Political Awareness
  10. Steven Jay Gross

  11. Leadership, Sustainability and Ethics
  12. Mike Bottery

  13. Seeking Social Justice
  14. Rachel McNae

  15. Leading with Empathy
  16. Qian Haiyan and Allan Walker

  17. A Concern for Caring
  18. Lea Kuusilehto-Awale

  19. The Prevalence of Silence
  20. Kjersti Lien Holte


    PART II : Developing Ethical Educational Leadership

  21. An Ethical Leadership Developmental Framework
  22. Nancy Tuana

  23. The Interplay of Values
  24. Ross Notman

  25. The Power of Personal Values
  26. Christopher M. Branson

  27. Ethical Decision Making
  28. Joan Poliner Shapiro, Jacqueline A. Stefkovich and Kathrine J. Gutierrez

  29. Managing Ethical Dilemmas
  30. Neil Cranston, Lisa C. Ehrich and Megan Kimber

  31. Using Turbulence Theory to Guide Actions
  32. Steven Jay Gross

  33. Maintaining Moral Integrity
  34. Christopher M. Branson

  35. An Insight into the Nature of Ethical Motivation
  36. Michael Bezzina and Nancy Tuana

  37. De-Constructing Ethical Motivation
  38. Christopher M. Branson


    PART III : Examples from the Field

  39. Holistic and Moral Development of Educational Leaders
  40. Pauline E. Leonard, Tammy Schilling and Anthony H. Normore

  41. A Measure of Ethics
  42. Lyse Langlois and Claire Lapointe

  43. Ethical Responses to Educational Policies
  44. Stephen Jay Gross and Joan Poliner Shapiro

  45. The Ethical Perspectives of Turkish School Leaders
  46. Mualla Aksu and Gamze Kasalak

  47. Preparation of Integrity
  48. William C. Frick and John F. Covaleskie

  49. Striving for Moral Purpose
  50. Charles Burford and Michael Bezzina

  51. The Ethical Demands of Multiculturalism
  52. Katarina Norberg and Olof Johansson



  53. If It Isn’t Ethical, It Isn’t Leadership

Christopher M. Branson


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Christopher M. Branson is Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. He is Executive Director of the UCEA Center for the Study of Leadership and Ethics.

Steven Jay Gross is Professor of Educational Administration at Temple University. He is also Founding Director of the New DEEL (Democratic Ethical Educational Leadership) Community Network.


"This remarkable handbook compiles in a single volume the best theory, the latest research, and many practical applications on the subject of values and ethics in educational leadership. Notably international in scope, it is a true compendium of the best thinking on the subject from a broad array of scholars."

--Paul T. Begley, Founder of the Center for the Study of Leadership and Ethics, University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA)

"Branson and Gross have developed a remarkably comprehensive handbook exploring ethical educational leadership in an increasingly high stakes and complex environment. Readers are challenged to rethink deep-seated notions about leadership and ethics, and they are treated to a stimulating analysis of the centrality of purpose, fairness, and trusting relationships. The message is clear: ethics is not merely a characteristic of leadership; it is central to leadership."

--Michelle D. Young, Professor, University of Virginia and Executive Director, University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA)

"A veritable 'who's who' of ethical educational leadership scholars and practitioners from around the world! This compendium is timely, comprehensive, insightful, inspirational, and a 'must read' for all educators. It combines great scholarship with practical and actionable guidelines at a time when ethical leadership is a moral imperative."

--Patrick Duignan, Emeritus Professor of Educational Leadership, Australian Catholic University