Leaders in schools, universities, and other organizations are constantly bombarded with ethical dilemmas. They are challenged with diverse student needs; contradictory approaches presented by faculty and staff; rules and regulations that conflict with desired outcomes, and more. To deal with these challenges, this book advocates an inquiry method to respond to those diverse interests, needs, and values in conflict in educational and other organizational settings. The method the authors present seeks to harness democratic practices for engaging in ethical deliberation and conflict resolution. This book provides the foundation for understanding ethical language as well as probing the tensions in problem solving and ethical decision-making. It provides stories and examples that enable readers to understand terms like deontology, utilitarianism, religious attitudes, eco-feminism, and social justice leadership. Readers are encouraged to test that understanding by using an inquiry method for examining cases set in schools, universities, and other settings to encourage creative thinking and ethical leadership.
Ernestine K. Enomoto is professor of educational administration at the University of Hawaii, Manoa where she has taught since 1998. Her research interests are on leadership and organizational theory as related to schools serving multi-ethnic student populations. Bruce H. Kramer is the former dean of the College of Education, Leadership, and Counseling at the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, Minnesota. As chair of the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Administration, he worked with school leaders as well as university administrators. His scholarship focuses on the application of critical pragmatism to the ethical judgments of leadership.
Foreword, Robert J. Starratt Acknowledgments Introduction Part I: Foundations 1. Ethical Foundations 2. Ethical Tension, Judgment, and Consequences 3. Religion and Religious Attitudes 4. Feminist Ethics and Eco-feminism 5. Leadership for Social Justice Part II: Methods 6. John Dewey and Democratic Leadership 7. An Inquiry Method for Working Ethical Dilemmas Part III: Applications 8. Cases to Consider 9. More Cases from Different Contexts 10. Teaching Ethical Deliberation References Index