Table of Contents

A Guide to Professional Conduct in the Field of Educational Communications and Technology




A Historical Perspective

A Code of Professional Ethics

A Discussion of the Principles of the AECT Code of Professional Ethics

Suggestions for Using This Book

Situations Related to Ethical Principles

Enforcement of the AECT Code of Professional Ethics

Resources and Information of Professional Ethics

Section 6: Situations Related to Ethical Principles

This section contains a series of scenarios designed to evoke thought and discussion about the 23 principles of the AECT Code Of Professional Ethics. Originally published as a series of columns in the AECT Joournal TechTrends, each of these examples provides a situation involving an ethical decision, a reference to the principle in the AECT Code of Professional Ethics that relates to that situation, and a discussion of that relationship.

It is important to point out that, although each situation described was presented to illustrate a particular principle of the Code, often there is more than one principle that might apply to a situation. Indeed, it is interesting to explore the Code to determine all the principles that relate to each scenario. Doing this will also provide an insight into the close relationship between the various principles of the Code.

1. Fulfilling the letter or the spirit of the law?

2. Ensuring diverse points of view

3. Putting a square peg in a round hole

4. Protecting an individual's right to privacy

5. Ethical decisions in instructional media selection

6. Computers: Issues of health and safety

7. Adopting and promoting new ideas

8. A clash of cultures

9. Harassment, bias, and discrimination

10. Whose views? Yours or your institutions?

11. All the facts, please

12. Competing with your employer

13. Handling gifts, gratuitites, and favors

14. Engaging in fair and equitable practices with vendors

15. Greasing the squeaky wheel

16. Influencing your colleagues

17. Exploiting professional affiliations

18. Helping one another

19. Is honesty the best answer?

20. An ethical approach to doing business

21. Fair assignment of responsibility

22. Facing new copyright challenges

23. When a colleague is wrong

Updated January 21, 2008
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