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claims in a pernicious legal system where win/lose is the only
The literature includes a monograph, Ethics in Higher
Education by May (1990), and several articles that consider the
parameters of ethical behavior. The contributing authors,
however, make arguments without benefit of empirical data drawn
Only limited research examines existing beliefs and
practices of college teachers with the aim of designing
standards for appropriate sexual conduct. No research
specifically examines race in this regard. Tabachnick and
colleagues (Tabachnick, et. al, 1991) analyzed beliefs and
behaviors of psychologist-educators. They queried nearly 500
teaching psychologists about attitudes and actions on the job.
Educators ranked a number of behaviors as controversial, notably
those related to sex. According to study findings, the APA code
of ethics fails to provide a clear reference for the academy,
its teachers, and students.
The study that most closely relates to the current study of
community college teachers is that of Branstetter and Handelsman
(2000), which builds on the work of Tabachnick (et. al, 1991)to
examine graduate assistants' ethical beliefs and practices.
These researchers distributed a questionnaire adapted from
Tabachnik to graduate assistants from APA-accredited psychology
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Scales, Renay Ford. Ethics of Teaching: Beliefs and Behaviors of Community College Faculty, dissertation, August 2002; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc3212/m1/41/: accessed May 25, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .