The members of Klaipėda State University of Applied Sciences (hereinafter – KVK) Student Scientific Society (hereinafter – SMD) together with their scientific curators have been delving into the topic of corruption prevention since 2018. KVK SMD together with project partners conducted research in 2019 and 2020 which revealed that academic integrity is important to more than half of the students surveyed, and the attitude towards this phenomenon is positive, but few participants were aware of the essential provisions of the Declaration of Good Faith. However, various reasons and factors motivate high school students to commit to unfair behaviour: personal characteristics of the student (e.g. lack of motivation) and example of others, subject characteristics, lack of various competencies (e.g. inability to work with information sources and quote, time planning) etc.
The chosen project theme, form and events will promote the development of students’ various competencies. By participating in trainings, workshops, collecting and processing research data, students will acquire knowledge and skills in organizing and conducting qualitative research, and will improve their creativity and collaboration skills. Delving into the phenomena of academic honesty and dishonesty will encourage students’ critical thinking, citizenship and responsibility.
The project is financed by Lithuania State Budget. According to the decision of the State Studies Foundation, 12.358,55 EUR were allocated for the implementation of the project.
To form students’ competencies as researchers. To explore the challenges of academically honest distance learning in higher education.
Results and outcomes
The following results are expected after the implementation of the project:
- 30 students will increase their ability to conduct qualitative research, improve the ability to cooperate at the national level. They will also improve their critical thinking, citizenship, creativity, planning and organization, public speaking skills.
- Students of five Lithuanian Universities of Applied Sciences who have participated in the meeting with the representative of the Office of the Academic Ethics and Procedures Ombudsman of the Republic of Lithuania, will understand the importance of academic ethics in distance learning and will be more academically honest.
- The results of the qualitative research will reveal the challenges of academically honest distance learning and provide insights for the administrative and pedagogical staff of higher education institutions for the development of academic integrity.
- Dissemination and publicity of the research results will encourage other Lithuanian higher and vocational schools to apply measures that help to overcome the challenges of academically honest distance learning.