Instant Gratification: Implications of Trinity Paradigm of Intelligence in Developing a Culture of Integrity
In today's fast paced, “instant gratification” oriented society; everyone is constantly looking for the quick fixes. We want them all and we want them now! Learning, in general, requires time, patience, and practice. More and more students with weak academic preparations and deficient life skills are entering colleges and universities. They find it difficult to face academic as well as life challenges. They may engage in unethical practices in order to compete, get ahead, and survive. Declining academic integrity is a significant issue on almost all college campuses. Purpose of this study was to understand and gain deeper insight into student nurses’ perceptions of concept of “quick fixes” or instant gratification in general, and in nursing profession in particular. In addition, implications of the Trinity Paradigm of Intelligence in developing a culture of integrity were explored. The emerged data unfolds and supports the notion of “academic disintegrity” as a social problem with a long history of development. Since the Industrial Revolution, striving for greater speed has become increasingly desirable. The vocationalism movement in education has created more concerns. It has caused an immense goal deviation from schooling with the purpose of one becoming educated to that of learning only a skill or a trade. Academic dishonesty is a personal as well as a societal problem. Therefore, it must be tackled at all angles in order to be effective. Fostering a “culture of integrity” is the only solution for rectifying the problem of academic dishonesty.
Keywords: Academic Dishonesty, Human Intelligence, Instant Gratification, Trinity Paradigm of Intelligence
Dr. Masoud Ghaffari
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing