Ethics of Teaching: Beliefs and Behaviors of Community College Faculty Page: 1
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Across higher education in the United States, including
community colleges, unanswered questions of ethics fuel conflict
in college teaching. Faculty are often caught between
addressing the need to interact more with students in their
classes outside of the traditional classroom and protecting
themselves from claims of student exploitation, claims of
harassment and discrimination and other challenges that can
arise from increased student contact (Holmes & Rupert, 1997).
Although discussions of ethics are fashionable in professional
schools, institutes, and journals, few studies attempt to
describe the ethical beliefs and behaviors of teachers in
academic programs and college classrooms. External influences
pressure colleges to concentrate attention on areas like
economic and technological challenges (Hirsh & Weber, 1999)
rather than providing concrete answers to questions of ethics in
the educational experience. With such pressure from outside
sources and the controversy about appropriate behavior with
students and others in the academic environment, it is not
surprising that almost no formalization of ethical standards for
teaching exists in college and university regulations across the
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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/m1/7/: accessed May 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .