Academic journal article College Student Journal

"Cyberslacking" in the Classroom: The Reactions of Classroom Teachers

Academic journal article College Student Journal

"Cyberslacking" in the Classroom: The Reactions of Classroom Teachers

Article excerpt

The use of on-line instruction at the university level is becoming increasingly prevalent. In one Arkansas university, computer assisted instruction occurs in the form of web-based assignments through on-line courses and degree programs. Students, who are aspiring to become educational leaders, engage in weekly web discussions and activities through the use of electronic platforms. These graduate students are currently employed by school districts as classroom teachers. Over one semester, students' entries of assignments over six courses were monitored. A review of the time of day during which students were submitting assignments revealed that 51% of their work was submitted during the school day when children were present in their classrooms or during times of employment which would typically be used for preparation or supervision. Is it ethical for teachers to submit college work or correspond with their college professors during the school day? Who is teaching their pupils while teachers are on-line either completing or submitting assignments for graduate studies? Is preparation time "fair game" for teachers submitting their college assignments? What is a professor's responsibility as an educational stakeholder? This paper describes reactions of classroom teachers, who are also educational leadership degree-seeking candidates, upon reading the results of the original "cyberslacking" study. The candidates were asked to read and react to the study's results and qualify responses in a fashion that indicated their agreement or disagreement with the "cyberslacking'" dilemma.

On-line Transmittals from Public School Personnel to University Professors: Ethical Considerations and Student Expectations

What ethical considerations emerge when candidates in our universities' educational leadership programs, who are teaching or functioning as educational leaders in our nation's elementary and secondary schools, use the internet to complete work for their college courses? Do their capacities in their respective K-12 settings get neglected when on-line activities are mandated by preparation program mentors (professors) at the university level? Do elementary and secondary educators and their mentors at the university level have ethical obligations to ensure that on-line activities don't interfere with instruction and the operation of the school? Some may argue that this is solely an ethical dilemma for the individual who is submitting the lessons to the professor. Others may argue that the university professor is the gatekeeper of the profession and has an ethical obligation to ensure that the requirements of the university don't infringe upon the students in the nation's classrooms. These are serious questions that reflect an ethical dilemma for our nation's teachers, school leaders, and university professors. Who is minding the classroom while college assignments are being submitted?

Ethics of Internet Use by K-12 Teachers and School Leaders

The mention of ethical behavior is a captivating theme when the context of the discussion is the education of the nation's children. Rebore (2001) describes ethical behavior as human conduct that results in people selecting "one course of action or an alternative course of action ... with the underlying assumption that the conduct is rational because it is intentional (P. 6)." This leads one to reflect that coordinated actions which are carried out by school teachers, school leaders, and college professors who mentor them have an ethical dimension which could ultimately impact instruction in the nation's elementary and secondary classrooms.

The first principle in the National Association of Secondary School Principals' (NASSP) Code of ethics states that an educational administrator will "make the well being of students the fundamental value in all decision making and actions (NASSP Bulletin, 1988, p.5). As the use of the Internet in university preparation programs continues to expand and evolve, serious questions regarding its ethical use by classroom teachers are emerging. …

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