Transitioning towards ethical leadership: A collaborative investigation of achieving equity in times of high-stakes accountability
Contributor(s)Faculty of Education
Keywords130304 Educational Administration Management and Leadership
Full recordShow full item record
AbstractThis paper forms part of a three-year university–school partnership project that explored how school principals, together with their leadership teams, engaged in and developed ethical approaches to leadership. Based on interview data with principals from the six partner schools in Queensland, Australia, the study investigated (i) the nature of ethical leadership practices that were used to promote and support equity in times of high-stakes accountability; and (ii) how data analysis supported leaders’ efforts when developing equitable curriculum and pedagogy. The study found that school principals were involved in range of practices, including problematising their current way of working with staff and students; implementing a variety of programmes to support equity; engaging in moral dialogue with staff; and acting as role models. Moreover, they were involved in the collaborative interpretation of data and were active in building an ethic of learning within their schools.