The Ethical Perspectives of Turkish School Leaders

Authored by: Mualla Aksu , Gamze Kasalak

Handbook of Ethical Educational Leadership

Print publication date:  May  2014
Online publication date:  May  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415853903
eBook ISBN: 9780203747582
Adobe ISBN: 9781135011932


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The main purpose of the study described in this chapter was to quantitatively explore Turkish school leaders’ views and understanding of ethical principles. The research population consisted of approximately 600 school principals working in the Antalya province in 2010–2011, and questionnaires were sent out to all of these principals via the Internet. Data collected via the questionnaires included answers to some demographic questions: a 12-item ethical scale for school leaders; a 21-item ethical scale for the school administration process, developed by the researchers for this study; and 5 open-ended questions. As a result, some 310 principals completed the questionnaires. The most important contribution provided by this study is its capacity to present to current and future Turkish school leaders insight into ethical principles, which are highly supported by their peers. This knowledge can then make an important contribution to a school principal’s self-reflection process with respect to an understanding of his or her own ethical principles and values.

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