Essay on Ethical Situation in Education

Ethical situation in Education

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Contents
Introduction 2
Lectures review 4
Objectives (what are the objectives of your work) 6
The ethical situation 7
Discussion 8
Recommendations 9
Conclusion 9

Introduction
Ethical and unethical situations are nothing but the difference between what is wrong and what is right. The situation which is right for someone may not be right for the opposite person. Similarly, the situation which might be wrong for someone might be right for someone else. The actions that don’t meet the acceptable standards of being correct ethically can be termed as unethical.
Ethics are all about going beyond the legal standards and doing the thing that is right. The actions that are not conforming the acceptable standards of what is right and what is wrong. In few cases, it can be a individual in an education sector who turns out to be unethical.
The student studying in the schools, colleges, etc. or the faculties imparting the knowledge can sometimes turnout to be unethical due to certain situation or circumstances. At that particular situation, the person might feel it ethical but it might not be an ethical situation when it comes to meeting the expected ethical standards.

Literature review
1) Rowland, M. (2006). Unethical Behaviour, Academic Misconduct & Incivility. Unethical Behaviour, Academic Misconduct & Incivility , 324-329
Unethical issues in education include corruption, cheating, fraud, dishonesty, violations, etc. As the students are in their young age, they cannot figure out what is right and what is wrong. The situation or the circumstances forces them to think about something that is beyond the ethical standards.
Ethics and Ethical dilemmas have been the major topics of study in the adult education. And, they contributed well in the study of ethical dilemmas. The issues related to it and what are the cause of this ethical issues were quite described in this (Rowland, 2006).
2) Kavuk, M. (2011). Reviewing unethical behaviours of primary education students’ . Reviewing unethical behaviours of primary education students’ , 120-129.
The problems of education integrity and the reasons that make them do something unethical can be understood by the unethical practices in academic education. The complexities of ethics and the ethical dilemmas through which a student passes through can be described under ethical issues in education. Such dilemmas can be in both: inside the school or institute and outside the school or institute. It may or may not be related to the education background of a student. The main concern of this lies in what is the effect of that particular age and the environment that a student or even a teacher is prone to take such unethical decisions (Kavuk, 2011).
The consequences of the same may vary according to the step taken by the person. The difference between the ethical and unethical issues in business sector and the education sector is the atmosphere and the persons in that particular atmosphere. In business sector, the issues are related to the faulty products sold out to customers by wrong means or cheating the employees by making them work for nothing in return. There are many such issues that can be included in the business sector ethical and unethical issues. While in education background, the issues might be related to the students, teachers or the third person who is directly or indirectly related to that background.
Moreover, the issue can be again related to students or teacher’s personal life or academic life. There can be chances of them taking an unethical decision in their personal life due to the atmosphere of the school or the college. The consequence faced due to same will be the output of those wrong decisions. It might be right for them but not for the others and the expected norms of ethical standards (Kavuk, 2011).
Objectives
The objectives of this report are to figure out what are the types of issues that can be resulting into an educational school or college. A case has been discussed over here in order to figure out whether the decision taken by the person was ethical or unethical. It also describes what were the causes that led the person to take such decision (Bommer, 2006).
The report even sheds light about the concept that during such circumstances, it might be a correct decision for that person but might not be meeting the ethical norms. It discusses well about what should have been done in place of the decision taken by that particular person.
The ethical situation
The situation is about my high school days. It was the day of my best friend’s birthday. And there was a big bash organized by her for all the friends of the school. The day was quite awaited by us as we shared a great bonding. The girl was like a sister to me. Hence, declining her birthday party was not at all acceptable for me as her best friend.
She arrange a fat birthday party for all of her friends. The party had our school’s boys too. In addition to this, she had arranged a facility of cocktails to make it a rocking party. The issue was that I belong to orthodox middle class family. Wherein, my parents won’t allow me to such parties wherein boys and drinks are included. As I said before, she was a best friend of mine. Hence, not turning up in her party would surely spoil our friendship. Therefore, I was in great dilemma about how am I supposed to tackle this situation.
For this, a idea came up into my mind. And, the thought was about lying to my parents. I lied to them saying am going for a group study. I packed all my party clothes into a bag and went up for the party. But, deep inside I had that feeling of doing something wrong. To save a relation with my friend I faked about group studies to my parents who have been so supportive throughout my life. Hence, I was in complete dilemma of whether I did was something wrong or not.
Discussion
The issue here is about whether it is right or wrong. To me the step taken was right but when it comes to the expected norms of what is ethical, it is wrong. For the sake of enjoying the party and to maintain the bond with the best friend I took such decision. No doubt, in terms of my friendship it was a right decision but for lying to the parents, the decision was completely wrong.
At that particular situation, it came to me as something that is the only possible way to deal with that situation. But, later I even felt the guilt of lying to my parents about the same. This situation was something that gave me the insight of what could have been done that what was done by me.
Later, I discovered that there were some other possible ways of dealing with the situation. Though their consequences were not quite definite but at least they were predictable.
Recommendations
I could have taken someone’s advice for the ethical dilemma I faced about the situation. I could have taken my teacher’s or someone’s advice in order to know whether the decision I have taken is correct or not.
I could have consulted the parents at least once in order to let them know about the dilemma and the issue that is bothering me.
Conclusion
The upshot of the whole report is that the decision which might be right from person’s point of view might not be for another person. The complexities of ethics and the ethical dilemmas through which a student passes through can be described under ethical issues in education. The problems of education integrity and the reasons that make them do something unethical can be understood by the unethical practices in academic education. Such dilemmas can be in both: inside the school or institute and outside the school or institute. It may or may not be related to the education background of a student.
The situation or the circumstances forces them to think about something that is beyond the ethical standards.
Ethics and Ethical dilemmas have been the major topics of study in the adult education. Unethical issues in education include corruption, cheating, fraud, dishonesty, violations, etc. As the students are in their young age, they cannot figure out what is right and what is wrong.
And, they contributed well in the study of ethical dilemmas.
Bibliography
Bommer, M. (2006). Ethical and unethical leadership. Ethical and unethical leadership , 29-39.
Kavuk, M. (2011). Reviewing unethical behaviours of primary education students’ . Reviewing unethical behaviours of primary education students’ , 120-129.
Rowland, M. (2006). Unethical Behaviour, Academic Misconduct & Incivility. Unethical Behaviour, Academic Misconduct & Incivility , 324-329.

Ethical situation in Education

EH-35


ASSIGNMENT

Introduction:
It’s an undesirable but common deed on the part of academic supervisors in educational institutes ,to take undue credit for work of their students, causing damage to students’ career OR at least their morale. Most of the academic supervisors falling in this category are pre-planned, skilled exploiters and strategists to manage psychological confinement of victims (student(s) those are victimised) in non-assertive mode.
Most of the victimised students however, not carrying ant pre-notion OR pre-warning of academic supervisor’s undesirable behaviour, are caught unplanned and in dilemma to counter the situation.
Barring exceptional cases, where student may behave differently, most students will find themselves in an indecisive and “Fight OR flight?” mode. (Cherry, 2016)
While there may be fear of an academic supervisor causing the irreversible damage to the student, I case confronted strongly, for students to organize themselves for to face external world of their tomorrow’s horizon, it cannot be recommended for them to continue to go through the exploitation.
Hence a particular approach need to be taken by the student (s) called scientific approach to “Exploitation Prevention Management” that is being discussed in following contents of this paper delving the case of Fatima and her academic Advisor.
Analysing Initial Options:
Confronting thee situation ,preliminary home work has to be carried out by Fatima ,to begin with by carrying out below given analysis , which is a technique to be used as an mental stimulant for the matter rather than considering it as an exhaustive tool for Exploitation n Prevention Management .
The Initial Options under analysis produced below;
1. Joining in option, which says that Fatima can get adapt to environment of exploitation. He/she can accept some exploitation from her advisor and start exploiting the juniors to her like a junior student etc.
2. Acquiesce, Fatima completely gives in and continues to get exploited.
3. Exit, Fatima exits the present advisor OR her educational Institute itself.
4. Complaining, Fatima can take route of complaining to institution’s administrative seniors about the advisor like Dean, Director, and Head of Administration etc.
5. Resists in , Fatima resists her supervisor from exploitation and sees his /her reaction

Weighing Consequences against options:
It is recommended that before reaching the final step to be taken Fatima must weigh each option for probable consequences, which ca be as below:
Option1, unethical, hence rejected.
Option 2, Fatima can adopt this only at the cost of her future self –break- down, because over a period of time her self –inner conflict will grow in compensation to postponing confrontation of self-external conflict.
Option 3, this is not a choice because her study session and investments made in this institute will get wasted.
Option 4, Advisor may be very powerful OR a pre- emptor of anticipated situation. May he has created a word amongst concerned that Fatima is not a good student. Therefore no option is left at the moment.
Option 5.No option, the advisor can reject the work and damage the student for other advisors also not to accept Fatima.

Studying tactical aspects of the advisor & planning Pre-emptive Strategy, before final confrontation:
Keeping in mind the options weighed out and analysed as above, next step recommended for Fatima is studying her advisors tactical aspects carefully and take pre-emptive strategies, before final shot of confrontation is taken. These tactical aspects can be following;
1. Cover –up, many supervisors/ advisor keep going with a natural cover-up on their exploitative nature. Some of their colleagues know little about it but they do not want to spoil their mutual relations. Fatima should learn what position of her advisor on this aspect is.
2. Degrading the victims in advance. Such supervisors will keep degrading the students by giving undesirable remarks, sowing outright rejections to his /her work, so that the student is unable to lift his /her head when required.
3. Creating wrong interpretations, such supervisors/advisors keep giving their explanations in advance to keep th environment unconducive to the student.
4. Supervisors psychological accommodation with Channel of Authority, Supervisor has already created such a slot for himself that when student complains against him , the complaint is not taken seriously and student has no choice but to withdraw from pursuing his/her complaint.
5. Intimidating OR rewarding for exploitation, some supervisors will keep intimidating OR rewarding the student for not accepting/accepting the exploitation.

Fatima must observe closely and find out her advisor’ position to all above aspects , so that she can take pre-emptive strategy to remove safeguard of the advisor as far as possible , when she takes the final shot.
Scientific Approaches to Exploitation Prevention Management:
Final solution to Fatima’s problem is lying neither in flight nor fight of the situation but it lies somewhere in middle called Exploitation Prevention Management.
Following steps to be taken by Fatima for implementing the final solution by confronting her advisor in a scientific manner, as recommended below;
1. Assertive Negotiation: Fatima should not speak to the advisor neither in fight taking Nor in flight taking mode but speak to supervisor assertively and negotiate to provide Fatima’s name also in all publications. She should observe carefully what the advisor says.
2. Build the support, In case, nothing happening, she should start talking mildly to many people known to her very mildly and watch the listener’s first hand reaction. If some positive reaction is coming up, Fatima must start slowly reiterating on the subject and start taking people at her side and slowly and gradually build the case and build the support together.
3. Exposure, Once Fatima notices support built –up in her favour, at a right time, she should expose the person first with those, who will listen and believe and have some tendency to be inclined towards justice.
4. A devil’s play , if nothing moving right and advisor still troubling , arrange some wrong data OR intimation OR plagiarism in your write-ups and maybe he will get embarrassed and then be prepared to patch up later , if you do not have a choice . But with this action your strong message will go to him/her. (Martin, 2013)

Conclusion:
With all above study, analysis and being assertive, there is much likelihood that Fatima will not have to be a loser and with her message gong loud and clear but in a scientific way, as suggested. The chances are that someday her problem will get solved and the advisor will also be careful to a large extent next time.
Accepting the exploitation at any stage and not doing anything to it , will cause lot of inner personal conflict to Fatima and she will start staying stressed and it will affect her health severally. At the same time the advisor not seeing any reaction from student is likely to continue to play mischief with her, to his undeserved advantage.
Reference:

Cherry, K. (2016). What is the fight or flight response. About Health, n.d.
Martin, B. (2013). Countering Supervisor Explanation. journal of scholarly publishing, 13.

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March 9, 2018

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