Shapiro and Stefkovich in their 2001 book on ethics propose a framework for examining ethical dilemmas. At the heart of this conceptualization is “the best interests of the student.” Yet a review of the literature reveals this term is interpreted broadly and few systematic attempts have been made to define it. In response to this lack of clarity, the authors of this article construct a model for determining what is in the best interests of the student when making various types of ethical decisions in schools. This “Best Interests” model is based upon a new conceptualization of the three Rs. Here, the correlates are rights, responsibilities, and respect. By applying this model to the fact patterns of several US court decisions, the authors illustrate the application of the ethical paradigms of justice, care, critique, community, and the profession.
Stefkovich, J. and Michaele O’Brien, G. (2004), "Best interests of the student: an ethical model", Journal of Educational Administration, Vol. 42 No. 2, pp. 197-214. https://doi.org/10.1108/09578230410525603Download as .RIS
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