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Principals’ moral agency and ethical decision-making: Towards transformational ethics

International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership

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Title Principals’ moral agency and ethical decision-making: Towards transformational ethics
Creator Cherkowski, Sabre Lynn
Walker, Keith D
Kutsyuruba, Benjamin
Subject Moral agency; ethical decision-making;moral leadership;principals
Description This descriptive study of the ethical decision-making among a group of Canadian principals provides a rich portrait of how and why principals engage their moral agency through their decision-making processes. Using a leadership responsibility framework linking moral agency and transformational leadership, the researchers found that: modeling moral agency is important for encouraging others to engage their own moral agency in the best interests of all children; despite efforts to engage in collaborative decision-making, principals are often faced with the reality that they are the one to absorb the cost of the decisions; and principals tend to engage less often in transformational aspects of leadership as part of the decision-making process. More research is needed to understand how school leaders can engage more often and more substantially in transformational leadership among their teachers and staff and how they build moral agency capacity in their schools.
Publisher IJEPL is a joint publication of PDK International, SFU, GMU, and UDel
Contributor Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Date 2015-09-16
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Format application/pdf
Source International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership; Vol 10, No 5 (2015): Principals’ Moral Agency and Ethical Decision-Making: Toward a Transformational Ethics
Language eng
Rights Copyright (c) 2015 Sabre Lynn Cherkowski, Keith D Walker, Benjamin Kutsyuruba