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Case Study: Shared Decision Making

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Transcript of Case Study: Shared Decision Making

Janice's attitude towards a recruitment committee is that of Inclusiveness.
Dave believes that it is unethical to include teachers in the recruitment Process .
Janice and Dave Agree that Staffing is required
They both agree that collective decision making is essential to progress. (Beliefs)
Case Study:
Shared Decision Making

Discussion Questions
What are the positives and negatives of involving stakeholders in selecting new teachers for a school?
What else could the superintendent have done to support Janice?
How should the principal respond to Dave?
The End
Thank you!
Summary of Case Study- Hogg, M. & Merler, M. (2007), Chapter 31.
Nha - Utilitarian Lens
Sidney - Subjectivism Lens
Discussion Questions

in Ethics
- Principal
- Executive teachers union member/ parent
- Teacher on staffing committee
Other players

Moral opinions are based on feelings.
There is no such thing as "Objective" right or wrong.
Evolution Of Subjectivism In Ethics
Moral language is not fact stating Language.
It is used as a means of influencing peoples behavior.
Simple Subjectivism
Moral Dispositions are mere statements of attitudes.
Moral language is about stating facts-ethical statements report the speakers attitudes.
The Argument
Ethical Reasons
Moral truths are truths of reason; that is, a moral judgement is true if it is backed by better reasons than the alternative
Janice's moral judgement behind creating the committee is backed by evidence of being within the parameters of school practice.
Janice also has the collective backing of the Superintendent, President of the teachers Union, teachers, and parents.
Dave's refutes the idea of the recruitment committee, stating that it is unethical.
Dave backs this claim, by stating that there is a possibility of intimidation
(Rachels & Rachels, 2012, p. 110)
1. “The morality of an action depends solely on the consequences of the action”

2. “An action’s consequences matter only insofar as they involve the greater or lesser happiness of individuals.”

3. “In the assessment of consequences, each individual’s happiness gets ‘equal consideration.’”

(Note: understanding of moral as good.)

Modern Utilitarianism

(Rachels & Rachels, 2012, p. 111)

Change the understanding of moral as what is “good” to what is “right”.

Positive for all involved -1

Negative for all involved - 1
Although it looks as though her actions may have led to more unhappiness because of Dave’s intervention, she can still turn the situation back to a positive experience for all, except Dave.
Calm and reassure Sally Bright that she’s not in the wrong and that as principal, Janice will take full responsibility for the situation.

Call an emergency staff meeting during the lunch break
Meet with Dave
(Apologize to Sally for having put her in this situation and reassure her that a staff meeting will be called to address everyone about the situation.)
Take full responsibility for the situation.
Ask the staff to share their feelings and opinions about the situation.
Assure them that she understands their positions and address any misinformation that Dave may have passed on.
Assure them that the school’s and their well-being are her top priorities & that is why she wanted the hiring process to be opened up to the committee.
Emphasize the fact that she wanted to involve teachers in the decision making process because she values all of their opinions and contributions to the school.
Assure them that she has the full support of the superintendent as well as the president of the teacher’s union.
Let them know that her door is still open for any further discussions and they should take up any grievances with her and not anyone else involved in the decision because, ultimately, any decision made at the school for the school is her responsibility.
Take full responsibility for the situation.
Give him a chance to share his thoughts again.
Assure him that she understands his position but let him know that the process is completed and the 2 new staff members have been decided on already.
Remind him that she has the support of the superintendent as well as the president of his union.
Remind him that he is not a teacher at this school and request that, as an adult, he should not be calling people after 10pm for non-emergencies.
let him know that she will NOT be bullied @ her own school just because he’s a power man.
Rachels & Rachels, 2012, p. 32
Hogg, M. & Merler, M. (2007). Shared Decision-Making. In Tales from the principal’s office: Case studies in school administration (p. 111-114). Vancouver: UBC Press.

Rachels, J. & Rachels, S. (2012). The elements of moral philosophy, 7th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill.
By Molly, Keegan, Nha, and Sidney
let them know that she will be meeting with Dave in the afternoon.
Does Dave's claim of Intimidation have any moral proof ?
Should Janice Dismiss this claim as a result of Dave calling her home late at night
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