The Grounds and Strategies for Ethical Decision-making in Canadian Principalship

By Benjamin Kutsyuruba, Keith Walker and Sabre Cherkowski.

Published by Management Education: An International Journal

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This article describes Canadian school principals’ (n=177) perceptions of the factors that constitute their ethical decisions, the grounds, and the strategies for ethical decision-making in their school work. For the participants, primary factors that made decisions ethical were truthfulness and honesty; alignment with values; doing what is best for students and the learning community; and the challenge and pressure of knowing that ethical considerations are the bottom line when it comes to making the right decisions. Their personal and professional grounds for making ethical decisions were confidence in personal ability to consistently make good ethical decisions; faith in the abilities of others to make ethical decisions; and knowledge of the relevant professional ethical codes. Discussing their strategies for ethical decision-making at work, participating principals emphasized self-discipline as a means to deter unethical decision making; past experiences/precedence as aids in making the right ethical decision; referral to a relevant ethical code as support for decision-making; and, advice and feedback from others as moral support and accountability mechanisms. This study provides educational leaders with a better understanding of the nature, grounds, and strategies for improved ethical decision-making in school administration.

Keywords: Ethical, Decision-making, Moral Agency, School Administration, Canadian Principals

Management Education: An International Journal, Volume 13, Issue 3, November 2014, pp.1-11. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: November 7, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 628.998KB)).

Dr. Benjamin Kutsyuruba

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Prof. Keith Walker

Professor, Educational Administration , Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Dr. Sabre Cherkowski

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Okanagan, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada