ERIC Number: EJ1021522
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
Postgraduate Research Students and Academic Integrity: "It's about Good Research Training"
Mahmud, Saadia; Bretag, Tracey
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, v35 n4 p432-443 2013
Findings from a study on academic integrity at Australian universities challenge the presumption that postgraduate research students have prior knowledge of academic integrity. A review of online academic integrity policy in 39 Australian universities found that one in five policies had no mention of higher degree by research (HDR) students. Despite each of the six universities in our study having an academic integrity policy for HDR students, one in five HDR student survey respondents said they had never heard of academic integrity, two in five said they did not know whether their university has an academic integrity policy, and among the student groups they were the least satisfied with the information they had received about how to avoid an academic integrity breach. We argue for support and training in academic integrity for HDR students and draw insights from the interviews with senior stakeholders on how this could be realised.
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Research Skills, Integrity, Student Attitudes, Internet, Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Cheating, Plagiarism, Stakeholders, Online Surveys, Focus Groups, Interviews
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia