“Ethical Dramas” Oversimplified By International Students

Ethics training on international and US students are streamlined in most universities. But according to the journal Science and Engineering ethics, there’s a difference between the two as to how they approach ethical decision-making, biases and compensatory strategies. Ethical research conduct has become questionable for most international students.

Asians, mostly had a low level of ethical decision-making as they oversimplify dilemmas. However, according to industrial and organisational psychology PhD student Logan Steele in The University of Oklahoma, Asian students and other international students are quite unfamiliar with US’ cultural and interpersonal norms.”

Most Asians, according to Steele, rely heavily on “rules, guidelines, and principles” that resolve  with “less ambiguous” results.

Ethical dilemmas involve using unethical methods to achieve outcomes of ethical decisions. Most US students focus on positive results. Meanwhile, international students tend to focus on results intended rather than methods or positive contribution.

The study suggests that instructors and educators must respect the alternative styles of international students during research.

Ethics involves doing research and studies where moral ground is not compromised. The rule of law must not be violated and all methods will involve not killing a life to achieve positive or negative results.

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