Instant Gratification: Implications of Trinity Paradigm of Intelligence in Developing a Culture of Integrity

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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
Stream: Psychology, Cognitive Science and Behavioural Sciences
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: , Instant Gratification and Culture of Academic Disintegrity


Dr. Masoud Ghaffari

Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
Department of Adult Nursing, East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, Tennessee, USA

Dr. Masoud Ghaffari is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at East Tennessee State University. His areas of specialization are educational psychology, urban education, health education and community health, nursing management and leadership, medical technology, and medicine. His research interests include understanding of ontology and epistemology of human intelligence, transpersonal phenomenology, complexity and chaos theory, self-organizing theory, system theory, and constructivist learning theory. In addition, he has interest in school reform and holistic education. A holistic paradigm of human intelligence, Trinity Paradigm of Intelligence (TPI), emerged from one of his studies which has expanded our understanding of the topic.

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