Analysis: The Equal Right To Inequality

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Introduction The Equal Right to Inequality. An analysis by Morgan Luck (2009) of the inequalities and ethical dilemmas in study modality, has established a discussion point on the violation of the principle of equality in the context of distance education, when on-campus students have access to distance resources in addition to their own, due to the inherent disadvantage distance education students face; in terms of the availability of resources. This paper holds the position that students should not be disadvantaged by their chosen study mode. This premise will be achieved through critical analysis of Luck’s (2009) article and, reflection of the ethical context of equity and equality, to determine that the concept of fairness in different…show more content…
Luck (2009) argues that, the principle of equality is violated when on-campus students are supplied with the learning resources provided to distance education students, in addition to their access to traditional on-campus resources such as face-to-face lecture, in addition there exists an inequity in the balance of resources presented to both cohorts. Luck’s (2009) analysis of this ethical conundrum, in the context of disadvantage in modes of subject delivery can be supported by the research conducted by Finger and Penney (2001), on their review of modes of delivery at the School of Education and Professional Studies Gold Coast Campus Griffith University. The evidence from their review suggests that students who study online, or via distance education, lack the opportunity to interact face to face with their peers and therefore are provided with additional resources to augment the learning; supplementing the resources on-campus students receive. After examining Luck’s (2009) argument and the case study of Finger and Penney, it can be clearly seen that the provision of additional resources to those who study via distance is an act of equity, to provide equal opportunity to achieve at the same level; as their on-campus…show more content…
Based on the findings of Konza (2008) and the works of Taite (2013) it can be argued, unfairness is the basis of inequality and when equity practices are not applied to disadvantaged students, despite the notions of utility, is unethical and unjustified in any case. In the same way schools provide students with learning and development needs, access to equity through inclusive education. Whilst they are being treated differently, it is to present them with the equal opportunity to achieve, therefore treating them

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