Ethics of Teaching: Beliefs and Behaviors of Community College Faculty Page: 2
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A review of all 1993 issues of The Chronicle of Higher
Education yielded numerous reports of unethical behavior in
higher education. Many articles document administrative fraud,
faculty and student plagiarism, sexual harassment of students,
faculty and staff, and of alumni booster clubs corrupting
students. In addition, faculty and staff complain of
discrimination on the basis of color. There are reports of gay
bashing and other behaviors that affect the quality of work life
and education on campus.
In contrast, few studies exist of the ethical beliefs and
commitments of college teachers toward the behaviors that cause
conflict. A review of two community college journals over more
than twenty years yielded only three articles on ethics
(Community College Journal of Research Practices 1973-2001 and
Community College Review, 1973-1997). One body of work
(Anderson & Davies, 2000), for example, involves development of
a decision-making model for use by college leaders when they are
faced with ethical dilemmas. The model consists of six steps
that serve as guidelines. Notably, only limited data document
the beliefs of college and university teachers toward ethical
behavior with students in classrooms and among colleagues and
subordinates in academic departments.
External factors influence perceptions of value in the
academy. The ethos of the business world, for example, has
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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/m1/8/: accessed May 26, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .