25 Sep 2017
In a competency-based education system, do universities have an obligation to nurture and influence ethics, and or the formation of ethical habits?
Ethical concepts and approaches may not be universally applicable. But, I believe that theoretical concepts and the application of principles to particular ethical situations and the specific competencies that apply the theory are foundational in higher education. Chambers, C., & Ransom, H. (2015) stated that ethics content within higher education graduate programs can help higher education students as emerging leaders become more thoughtful about the decision-making process. However, the word “ethics” may mean different things to different people. Faculty and grad students may view ethics as the observance with particular ethical issues, including plagiarism, conflicts of interest, recruitment, the disclosure of information, and the approach to research involving human subjects, etc. Fundamentally, both professional and personal ethics are grounded in people’s upbringing, traditions, education and life experiences. People have different upbringing, different cultures, and different life experiences that may help shape and influence their approach to ethics. Notwithstanding, Candace de Russy and Mitchell Langbert (2005) argued that universities and faculties should embrace, not shun, the teaching of values in the classroom.
Overall, I think the key issue with ethics is that of perception.