The ethics of consultancy in education

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Abstract

Consultancy usually involves entering an alien culture and coming across expectations about objectives, methods and relationships which differ from those of the consultant. This results in ethical dilemmas for which consultants are best prepared by examining their own starting assumption about ethics. Trying to follow prescribed codes of practice is difficult because the assumptions on which these are based are not usually made explicit.

So I will begin by examining how the starting assumptions of consultants govern the conditions under which they prefer to work in education. I then describe my own starting assumptions and preferences and discuss my experience of ethical issue in consultancy. The issues I mention are of general concern for consultants but I do not advocate a regulatory code of ethics. Such codes may help to raise the status of an occupation but my concern is to help the individual consultant to work out his/her own standards and means of resolving ethical dilemmas. Therefore I conclude by suggesting how consultants can clarify their own ethical position.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManagement consultancy in schools
EditorsH. L. GRAY
PublisherCassell
Chapter4
Pages53-65
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)0304314684
Publication statusPublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

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SNELL, R. (1988). The ethics of consultancy in education. In H. L. GRAY (Ed.), Management consultancy in schools (pp. 53-65). Cassell.
SNELL, Robin. / The ethics of consultancy in education. Management consultancy in schools. editor / H. L. GRAY. Cassell, 1988. pp. 53-65
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