Academic journal article Human Ecology

Human Ecology

Academic journal article Human Ecology

Human Ecology

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A New York Times article (1) in October asked "Are More People Cheating?" Concerns about ethics and our behavior have grown after a number of recent highly public and costly corporate scandals. While our public attention may be heightened now, ethical dilemmas, choices and actions are a part of what each of us faces daily. In higher education, ethics are integral to every aspect of our teaching, learning, research, and outreach. Key ethical principles of honesty, fairness, interdependence, respect for others' autonomy and benefit are the cornerstones for building trust and community. They also form the guidelines for how we must do our research and translate our findings for society's use. As we educate the next generation of leaders to think critically and make judgments, consideration of these ethical principles is an integral part of their education.

This issue of Human Ecology considers some of the ethical dilemmas in our research, outreach/extension and teaching. How do we conduct research with human subjects that will both respect their autonomy and interdependence and ensure their well-being? How can we address pressing social problems that require cultural change while respecting the cultural context? …

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