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Pages: 931-938
Publication year: 2017
ISBN: 978-84-697-3777-4
ISSN: 2340-1117
doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2017.1199

Conference name: 9th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 3-5 July, 2017
Location: Barcelona, Spain

UNDERSTANDING ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: PERCEPTIONS OF UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AND LECTURERS

I. Gaizauskaite, J. Bieliauskaite, N. Valaviciene

Mykolas Romeris university (LITHUANIA)
There is no secret that higher education schools in Central and Eastern Europe and especially in its Post-Soviet bloc still face academic misconduct frequently. Although results of researches reveal that academic integrity makes a significant impact on the quality of future professional activities and thus on the sustainability of society in general, the fight against academic misconduct still heavily makes its way to universities.

In order to foster changes in this area and to improve the culture of academic ethics one of Lithuanian social science universities decided to explore the situation and initiated the research of the academic ethics issues in its academic community.

This paper aims to present one of the aspects of the conducted research - the perception of academic integrity from the perspective of both students and lecturers, since the analysis of prevailing perceptions, their similarities and differences is inevitable for gaining a deeper understanding of the ongoing processes.

Empirical data have been gathered in 2016 using two methods - individual qualitative interviews with 15 lecturers and 6 PhD students, and 7 focus group discussions separately with the bachelor and master level students, who represented different study programmes and study years. The analysis of the research results reveals that both students and lecturers perceive academic integrity as one of the most important imperatives of academic ethics and event as its synonym. On the other hand, the differences of the perceptions are also observed. Students tend to consider academic integrity as a whole of agreed rules and obedience to them. While defining academic integrity they prefer to give examples of academic integrity as an opposite of academic misconduct (e.g. do not cheat, do not plagiarize, do not copy ideas etc.). Direction or focus of academic integrity is given to the particular students’ behaviour related with study process, especially with the implementation of required tasks. Meanwhile, the perception of academic integrity provided by lecturers is more general, extended to common values. In many cases it is based on the positive aspects like academic freedom and security, courage, objectivity, respect, trustworthiness, professionalism, etc.

These differences of perceptions indicate that although objectively every member of academic community follows the same ethical rules, on personal - subjective - level they perceive ethical issues differently. These differences of perceptions of academic integrity are significant for determination of the most effective ways to foster common ethical culture of every member of the academic community and to enhance academic integrity as a shared academic value.
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title = {UNDERSTANDING ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: PERCEPTIONS OF UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AND LECTURERS},
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I. Gaizauskaite, J. Bieliauskaite, N. Valaviciene (2017) UNDERSTANDING ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: PERCEPTIONS OF UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AND LECTURERS, EDULEARN17 Proceedings, pp. 931-938.
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