CRADLE Seminar Series #6: An increasing role for theory in academic integrity research and practice: Some Psychology studies, statistics and stories – 12 July 2022 – Join Us!

Please join us for a discussion on theory in academic integrity research and practice from Dr Guy Curtis, UWA. In this presentation Guy will highlight and unpack intriguing and contentious questions surrounding the roles of observation and theory in academic integrity research.Dr Guy Curtis profile picture

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When: Tuesday 12 July 2022
Time: 2.00pm – 3.30pm (AEST)
Where: Online
Cost: This is a free event

Some research into academic integrity, even highly-influential research, can reasonably be described as descriptive and predominantly atheoretical. Researchers have asked interesting and useful questions such as:

  • How much academic misconduct is happening?
  • Where is it happening?
  • And, who is doing it?

Although such observations are critically important, observations are only the beginning of the scientific method, particularly in behavioural sciences such as psychology. Beginning with a how, where, or who observation, psychology research and methods quickly move to ask “why” questions about those observations. Why, for example, do students cheat; why do more students in certain courses cheat; and, why do more male than female students cheat? Why questions lead to ideas, hypotheses, and theories about how things work.

A great benefit of theories to research is that they provide us with the ability not just to explain what we observe, but also to predict what we will observe. In this presentation, I will talk about some of the existing and possible applications of theory to academic integrity issues, and the outcomes of some theory-driven research into academic integrity.

Dr Guy Curtis is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychological Science at the University of Western Australia. His research interests include academic integrity and applied psychology, with a focus on individual differences in academic misconduct and organisational leadership. He is an author of over 50 journal articles and book chapters, co-editor of an upcoming book on Contract Cheating, and a multi-award-winning university teacher.

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