ERIC Number: ED443044
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Ethical Behavior and Human Development among Male and Female Graduate and Undergraduate College Students.
Sottile, James M., Jr.; Brozik, Dallas
The purpose of this research was to describe and better understand the ethical experiences of graduate and undergraduate, male and female college students attending a university in a rural location of a mid-eastern state. A survey was created to determine the ethical activities of college students. A total of 2,718 surveys were completed. Questions were divided into three general categories: civics, classroom conduct, and personal attitudes. When the results are examined with respect to discipline, such as liberal arts, science, or business, there appear to be some differences between college cadres. This indicates that the college experience as it currently exists does provide some ethical component, though the differences between genders remains significant. It is argued that if the college is supposed to instill a level of ethical behavior in students that they take with them into the real world, then instructors will have to work harder to assure that this ethical behavior becomes a more important part of the educational process. It is strongly recommended that institutions of higher education include a general ethics course as a core requirement for students of all major courses of study. As part of the instructional design to increase moral reasoning and ability, instructors should provide opportunities to explore and debate moral and ethical issues as they apply to the field of study. (Contains 28 references.) (Author/GCP)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Eastern Educational Research Association (Clearwater, FL, February 16-19, 2000).