Dr. Cheryl Burleigh and Dr. Rhonda Gregg present research on ethics and education

Dr. Cheryl Burleigh and Dr. Rhonda Gregg present research on ethics and education

March 12,2019

Dr. Cheryl Burleigh and Dr. Rhonda Gregg traveled extensively this spring to present research on ethics and education.  Details appear below.  

The 18th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, January 4 through 8, 2019 in Honolulu, HI

The presentation is based on work done in conjunction with CEITR and the research group Ethics and Education.  The presentation was given at the Hawaii International Conference on Education with co-presenter Dr. Ronda Gregg.

An Exploratory Phenomenology Study of Educators’ Bullying Experiences in the Workplace

Bullying behaviors in the workplace are marked by repeated events of intimidation that creates a pattern of humiliation and fear in the victim. School staff are not immune to this behavior. This presentation will inform participants of a research study involving staff and school leaders from three states who responded to a survey and interviews about workplace bullying. Results of the study demonstrate the importance and necessity of knowing the signs of the incivility in the educational workplace and the effects that this takes in the schools. Special educators and administrators are an especially vulnerable population.

The TQR 10th Annual Qualitative Report Conference, Nova Southeastern University January 16-18, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Education Leaders’ Perceptions of Faculty Ethical Decision Making: Awareness, Learning, and Change

Education leaders are charged with the task of upholding an ethical working and learning environment. Observations of the processes faculty at their school site employ in ethical decision making throughout the school day led to a deeper understanding of school culture, thus creating a systemic change. This exploratory case study based on systems thinking grounded in the stories shared by education leaders. Data was gathered through phone interviews with ten education leaders. Without this data, education leaders may not fully understand the role and relationship of faculty to the importance of making sound ethical decisions for the betterment of the school community (Schulte et al., 2002). Based on insights and knowledge acquired in observing faculty at their respective school sites, education leaders gained a deeper understanding of what is needed to improve ethical decision making and school culture. The findings revealed education leaders need to do a better job of employing an awareness of authentic self, willingness to learn, and seek innovative change to their leadership style to forge honest discussions and gain faculty trust

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) 50thAnnual Conference February 26 through March 1, 2019 in Atlanta, GA. The NASP conference is considered one of the premier conferences to share research in the field of education. The presentation is based on work done in conjunction with CEITR and the research group Ethics and Education.  The presentation was given with co-presenter Dr. Ronda Gregg.

Workplace Bullying: An Exploratory Study of Staff in K-12 Schools

Description of the presentation:

The focus of the presentation was to delve deeper into the bullying behaviors exhibited with educational workplaces, both school and district offices. The focus of the discussion was to shed light on the events and experiences shared by the study participants, then to recommend how school psychologists have the ability to act as a bridge between the victim and the school district to recommend professional development opportunities, help shape school policies and reporting practices, and to guide victims to proper resources. Just as school psychologists have the training and support through NASP and the organizations Position Statements to support schools in bullying prevention and intervention in schools and mental and behavioral health services for children and adolescents, the same practices can be readily transferred to support educators and staff within those same schools and districts.

California ​Association ​of ​Professors ​of ​Education ​Administration (CAPEA) Conference, California State University Sacramento, March 8, 2019

Education Leaderships’ Perceptions of Faculty Ethical Decision-Making: Redefining Authentic and Equity-Driven Leadership

Short Description:

Ethics and ethical decision making are a constant topic of conversation due to global current events; examining this issue within the context of educational leadership has not been a recent point of discussion. This roundtable will address what education leaders/administrators observe and awareness of the processes in which faculty at their school site employ ethics and equity in decision making throughout the school day including communication with students, parents, educators, and the school community. The findings of this exploratory case study not only revealed the education leader’s perceptions, but also self-reflection redefining their role as an equity-driven authentic leader.

This roundtable session will focus on the role of educational leadership and how the interaction with faculty is paramount to increasing the equity of treatment for all members within the school community. For education leaders to create a culture of equity within their schools, establish access and trust of faculty, opportunities for students, and increase achievement, one must start with ethics.


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