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Academic Integrity can be defined by honest academic work where:
(1) the ideas and the writing of others are properly cited;
(2) students submit their own work for tests and assignments without unauthorized assistance;
(3) students do not provide unauthorized assistance to others; and
(4) students report their research or accomplishments accurately.
(from Langley High School Honor Policy, McLean, VA)
The School for Ethical Education in collaboration with Dr. Jason Stephens of UCONN Neag School of Education (currently Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland) is conducting a research and implementation study to promote academic integrity and reduce cheating and plagiarism in high schools. The focus of the current project is to collaborate with teams of high school teachers working in English, social studies and/or science classes to create and evaluate academic lessons that support the development of student ethical/moral awareness, judgment, commitment and behavior in support of academic integrity.
Project facilitators will support the work of high school teacher teams and evaluate lesson outcomes with student and faculty surveys and interviews. Research suggests the project interventions will support students' increased behavior in support of academic integrity and demonstrate a decline in student self-reported incidents of academic dishonesty.
This website is designed to provide (1) project school participants with relevant information while participating in the program, (2) non-project school staff or students with the opportunity to network and exchange information about academic integrity (see network link above) or seek consulting with SEE, and (3) anyone interested in researching academic integrity with resources and a conceptual model to support their inquiry.
Conceptual Model for Academic Integrity Project
The figure below provides a conceptual model to support the implementation of an academic-integrity program. The main strategy of this project is the organization and administration of an Academic Integrity Committee (AIC). Organizers of an AIC would recruit influential leaders of the school community to include--administration, faculty and students, as well as parents and other interested community members.
Once organized with representatives of their community, AICs,
are encouraged to perform a strategic analysis of the school and
organize their activities to address—
- Community engagement in the shared responsibility of supporting academic integrity through the organization of an AIC,
- Core Values of the school community by clarifying and articulating values that support the advancement of academic integrity,
- Commitments of the school community to sustain an AIC and strategies the AIC uses to cultivate and maintain student and adult support of the academic integrity as part of the school’s mission, and
- Curriculum of the school and how it focuses students on mastery learning which includes the respect for personal intellectual growth and protection of intellectual property.
Definitions of key Academic Integrity concepts
Suggested Project Activities
There are a variety of activities that can be implemented to advance the mission of an Academic Integrity Committee (AIC) such as helping the school clarify its core values that support the goals of academic integrity, creating activities to help faculty and students define academic integrity and working to develop teaching practices that support students’ demonstrating academic integrity.
Consult the list of suggested Academic Integrity Committee (AIC) strategies.
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