A conceptual framework for the inclusion of ethical variations in an internationalized e-learning curriculum

ID: 55314 Type: Full Paper: Journal Publication
  1. Klaus Schmidt and Ernest Arko, Illinois State University, United States

Tuesday, November 5 1:45 PM-2:15 PM Location: Iberville View on map

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Abstract: Ethics in education often vary across cultures. Teachers then face the challenge of having student bodies of a vast variety of cultural and ethical value and believe systems and are therefore challenged with the treatment of violations of their own or perceived value systems. An educationally diverse classroom (virtual or physical) has very many pedagogical and educational advantages, but these very advantages may lead to a different set of multi-ethical realities. Teachers to quickly assume that all students share the same or at least a similar value system and therefore have expectations that students across the globe have similar ethical values and easily adhere to them. However, often teachers are proven wrong, specifically when offenses against their own established value systems occur. Teachers may be inclined to draw conclusions that lead to reactive consequences that may challenge the continuation of the student - teacher relationship. This paper is attempting to address these very issues by developing a conceptual framework to instill a broader understanding of ethical differences in education from both teacher and student perspectives, but also to find ways to establish a common ground of communicating ethical differences and adjusting those to the learning culture of both the teacher and the student.

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