ERIC Number: ED409752
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Students' and Professors' Views on the Ethics of Faculty Behavior.
Morgan, Betsy Levonian; And Others
This study compared students' and professors' perceptions of the ethicalness of faculty behavior. A total of 115 professors and 157 undergraduate students at a medium-sized public Midwestern university completed a 16-item faculty behavior scale adapted from Tabachnick and colleagues (1991) work. Significant differences between student and faculty responses were found on 7 of the 16 faculty behaviors. Faculty saw ensuring popularity with easy tests, sexual involvement with a student, accepting a textbook rebate, and profanity in lectures as more unethical than did students, while students saw the breaking of a confidence, the use of old lecture notes, and the teaching of unmastered material as more unethical than did faculty. Focus groups were conducted with 38 students and 19 faculty and 10 faculty were interviewed. The five major themes generated by the student groups were: (1) favoritism toward individuals, or groups; (2) poor treatment of students or lack of respect toward students; (3) imposing personal or political beliefs on students; (4) prejudging or stereotyping students, and (5) use of profanity. Faculty groups identified the following themes: (1) responsibility toward students; (2) power issues with students; (3) hypocrisy within the institution; (4) lack of institutional role in ethical awareness; and (5) professional misconduct. It is suggested that institutions should play a larger role in promoting discussions about ethics in academics. (Contains 14 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (104th, Toronto, Canada, August 9-13, 1996).