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Journal of Academic Ethics

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 137-150

Examining the Impact of Dons Providing Peer Instruction for Academic Integrity: Dons’ and Students’ Perspectives

  • Lucia ZivcakovaAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • , Eileen WoodAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University Email author 
  • , Gail ForsythAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • , Navinder DhillonAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • , Danielle BallAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • , Brittany CorolisAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • , Amanda CoulasAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • , Stephen DanielsAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • , Joshua HillAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University
    • , Anja KrsticAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University
    • , Amy LinsemanAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University
    • , Marjan PetkovskiAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University

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Abstract

A peer instruction model was used whereby 78 residence dons (36 males, 42 females) provided instruction regarding academic integrity for 324 students (125 males, 196 females) under their supervision. Quantitative and qualitative analyses were conducted to assess survey responses from both the dons and students regarding presentation content, quality, and learning. Overall, dons consistently identified information-based slides about academic integrity as the most important material for the presentations, indicating that fundamental information was needed. Although student ratings of the usefulness of the presentations were middling, students did indicate knowledge gains. Both interest and personal value for academic integrity were highly predictive of positive evaluations of the presentations. Dons and students provided suggestions for improvement and identified more global concerns.

Keywords

Peer instruction Instructional intervention Teaching academic integrity Students