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Case Study of Ethical Dilemmas in Educational Leadership

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Amanda Jackson. Briefly summarize the scenario, and then address the following analysis questions.
What are Amanda Jackson's problems?
What should she do?
What are the implications of the actions you suggest?
What legal issues are involved?

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As a new art teacher at Twin Pines School, Amanda Jackson faces two dilemmas. One is more serious than the other. Both dilemmas involved the principal, Joanna Stewart. The less serious issue is still a concern. Principal Stewart makes comments to Amanda frequently about her work or lack of it that Amanda does not hear her make to the other teachers. She is not sure how the comments are intended, though she believes they are stated in an almost humorous or joking manner. However, the comments and remarks are clearly hurtful to Amanda, as she has no idea how to take them. Furthermore, the remarks seem to go away as Joanna Stewart's mood changes. It has become evident to Amanda that the principal's mood changes after she has been drinking. Amanda has recently discovered that Joanna Stewart frequently consumes alcohol during the school day, though maybe not on school property. Her artist friend has confirmed this and believes Amanda should overlook this, as parents and others have.

The second, more serious and immediate problem, is that the weather is quickly becoming bad, making driving conditions hazardous, and Joanna Stewart, after clearly drinking, has offered to take a first ...

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The solution involves the discussion of a case of unethical behaviors, in educational leadership. Specifically, a teacher must decide how to handle a principle's repeated hurtful jokes and a more serious behavior, of the principle performing her job and putting students at risk, while under the influence of alcohol.

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You are conducting a study of resilience among families that have experienced domestic violence. You will meet with participants four times over a 1-year period, conducting numerous assessments of their psychological well-being and daily functioning in order to study patterns over time.

Maria is a 32-year-old Latina woman. She has volunteered herself and her daughter, Rosalinda (age 6) to participate in your study. Maria explains that she is separated from Rosalinda's father, who has allegedly committed violent acts in the home. When Maria and Rosalinda came to the first data collection session, Maria read and signed an informed consent form while in the waiting room. The form was fairly standard, citing all the usual terms of and exceptions to confidentiality.

Over the course of the study, during the sessions, you begin to know both mother and daughter well. As you make your way through the daily functioning assessment interviews at the third session, Maria tells you that she has started to date again. Maria seems unusually anxious about finishing the interviews quickly. She watches the clock and interrupts you to confirm that she will be receiving the same $50 stipend that she received at the end of previous sessions. You also notice that Rosalinda's distress symptoms appear to be getting worse. For example, she is extremely upset when Maria goes to the restroom and cannot be calmed for the rest of the session. However, you are not a clinician, so your impressions are based on your own personal experiences with children.
Shortly after Maria and Rosalinda leave, a man approaches your office and introduces himself as Maria's husband. He appears to have followed them and wants to know what she and Rosalinda were doing in your office. He does not seem threatening in any way and seems quite civil and pleasant.

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