Integrity And Academic Integrity

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Academic honesty and integrity has never before existed in such a debatable area when it comes to practices and behaviors. Not only have the opportunities to cheat become more common, the exact definition of what forms honesty and integrity is up for debate. The classic tropes of student cheating have not changed copying, steal questions before an exam, taking credit for others’ work, and many uncountable methods. However due to the use of technology in today’s academic areas, the guidelines that define right and wrong are not always clear as black and white. A study published in The Journal of Education identified a range of opportunities for student dishonesty. This includes “the 15 different techniques by which students inappropriately…show more content…
The literature agrees that the effect on students intensifies quickly. If academic dishonesty is allowed to exist in its current situation, researchers largely see no motivation for self-inspired improvement. Instead, research largely puts the responsibility on educators to set the bar high again. “The integrity strategy, through the use of honor codes, emphasizes the importance of committing to the principles of academic integrity as essential to the educational mission of the institution…the integrity strategy stresses both disciplinary and developmental methods for responding to academic dishonesty” (Chesney, 2009). Students have been cheating since the beginning of institutional education. However, what is unique to our time is the reason for those in authority to cheat as…show more content…
In education, this definition is so simple to the point of distortion. Since answers can be right but ways of obtaining them can be wrong as well as vise versa, integrity in education is not as simple as achieving the right answers the right way. There is also the important element of doing good work for the right reasons. Clearly, this relationship can become challenged quickly. To some students, education is boring, and some it’s their lives. There are also those who find education inspiring. Are any of these motives more honest than the others? Perhaps a student greatly enjoys Literature courses but detests the electives required in Computer Literacy. Is that student only able to apply the various levels of integrity to the work they enjoy while showing less honesty in the work they are required to do? Philosophy is comfortable answer this question. “Recent literature has seen integrity grow well beyond this core understanding into a veritable Swiss Army Knife of virtues” (Scherkoske, 2010). Honesty and morality exist on a sliding scale that must always adapt to the situation. Some rules can be made, but no a complete set of comprehensive rules could ever be universally appropriate for long. Edward de Bono was well aware of this power when he wrote his classic Six thinking Hats. In providing guidance for educators he proposed, “Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to

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