Develop Academic Integrity
Edited by Florence I. Edim, Melissa Rae
In the course of your career as a teacher, you will likely encounter academic dishonesty. It is so frustrating when you catch students cheating or plagiarizing the work of others. Teaching knowledge and skills to students is irrelevant if they don't understand the importance of honesty and integrity. These qualities are invaluable when it comes to their professional and personal lives. Before you focus on penalizing students for dishonesty, make sure to consider academic integrity one of the top learning objectives in your class.
Common Reasons Why Students Cheat
Understanding the reasons why students cheat is crucial to developing their morals. Some students may argue that a subject is too difficult, and the teacher is not doing his work to teach the subject effectively enough for them to understand. Some students cheat just to be able to pass the examinations. Consider students' workload, external pressures such as family and work obligations, illness and other factors beyond their control. Understanding individual students' needs is essential when it comes to lesson planning and expectations. However, some students cheat simply because they feel the need to excel at all costs, that other students cheat as well, or that cheating is not wrong if no one gets caught. Addressing all of these reasons and encouraging a comfortable learning environment is essential to reduce instances of academic dishonesty.
Steps to Develop Academic Integrity
- 1Teach the value of academic integrity to your class.
- 2Model academic integrity.
- 3Clarify all of your instructions, lessons and assessments.
- 4Discuss the result of the students' examinations.
- 5Clearly discuss the procedure of citing sources or paraphrasing skills in their research works, essays or term papers.
- 6Help students develop their note-taking skills.
- 7Do not give students the opportunity to cheat.
- Include the pledge of intellectual honesty on the test paper, and have the students sign it before the examination.
- Adjust the seating arrangement in such a way that friends will never be seated in the same row, and this will prevent them from sharing answers.
- Instruct students to put all of their bags and belongings in the front, and do not allow them to leave anything else on the table except for their pens.
- Do not allow students to talk to each other while taking the examination.
- When you proctor, sit at the back so that students will not see what you're doing.
- Do not allow late students to take the test once the first test has been submitted. This will prevent the exam contents from leaking.
- 8Be accessible for consultations with students.
- 9Promoting academic integrity requires a concerted effort from all of the stakeholders involved in the educational process.
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