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Journal of Applied Sciences
  Year: 2008 | Volume: 8 | Issue: 8 | Page No.: 1354-1370
DOI: 10.3923/jas.2008.1354.1370
Study of Ethical Values and Practices in Academic Programmes at a Higher Learning Institution
Kogilah Narayanasamy and M.V. Shetty

The study on ethical values in academic programmes has attracted the attention of many researchers throughout the world especially in view of its important role today. Many academic programmes today focus on how to make profit both for the individual and the organization and on how to increase the firm’s market share and shareholders value and in the process may compromise on their ethical values and have unethical practices. Thus, this study is undertaken to evaluate the extent of integration of ethical values in the academic programmes of the higher learning operating institution involved with post graduate and higher level programs. The impact of demographics and race of the lecturer and students have been separately ascertained. The sample has been taken from one college, rated to be high in ethical values and practices, a sample of 120 students and 31 lecturers from a leading college (reputed for ethical values) have been collated and analyzed for validation of the objectives. The explanation on ethics has been done to a large extent in the study. The study also indicates the number of higher learning institutions to indicate the extent of impact if these issues are appropriately addressed. Government policy in this regard also needs to be reviewed and improved to avoid deterioration of ethical values and practices in the dynamic market place of today. This study review that, the level at which lecturers at the institutions have high ethical values and do incorporate it in their lectures and discussions in the classroom. The impact of demographic factors on the ethical values and practice of the lecturers have useful insights for academic staff recruitment and staff training. On the other hand, students’ ethical values and behavior is a cause for concern to everyone as these future pillars of the nation have been found to have their ethical values and practices at low levels. The implications for the college management as to consider further emphasis on the teaching of ethics as a single subject, while incorporating a discussion of the ethical issues (like) related to the various subjects taught in the college. The college should also ensure that they support and nurture in cultivating of ethical values and practices in all aspects of their activities and operations. Eventually, this will ensure to provide advantageous environment for not only creating knowledgeable individuals but also ethical citizens and leaders.
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Kogilah Narayanasamy and M.V. Shetty, 2008. Study of Ethical Values and Practices in Academic Programmes at a Higher Learning Institution. Journal of Applied Sciences, 8: 1354-1370.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2008.1354.1370






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