Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A college department's approach to plagiarism: A case study of micropolitics
by Escobar, Alexandra A., Ed.D., University of Phoenix, 2015, 231; 3708594
Abstract (Summary)

This single qualitative case study was an exploration of the various ways elements of micropolitics influenced college department administrators and faculty members in their approach to plagiarism prevention, education, and response. The study parameters involved a purposive sample of seven education faculty members, one department chair, and two university administrators, along with an examination of artifacts related to academic integrity, and participant observation of applicable segments of the university’s new student orientation. Five themes emerged from the data: shared mission is balanced with individual approach, formal policies accompanied by informal approaches, faculty serves as gatekeeper to the teaching profession, unused potential for maximizing resources, and faculty feel only limited direct and indirect pressures. The micropolitical considerations relative to each theme revolved around faculty members’ collaboration; gaps between formal and informal policies; faculty members’ self-pressures to support students and the teaching profession; tensions relative to how teaching loads impact faculty members’ time; and faculty collegiality. Given the collaborative nature of the department faculty members and the rather limited tensions that arose between them relative to their approach to plagiarism, the micropolitical perspective was deemed only marginally useful as a lens to examine plagiarism within this college department. Two main recommendations were presented. The first was the importance of creating spaces for faculty members to discuss academic integrity regularly and purposefully. The second was to re-examine formal policy and informal practice to help bridge some of the gaps identified in the study.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ritter-Williams, Debbie
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 76/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Political science, Higher education
Keywords: Academic dishonesty, Academic integrity, Micropolitics, Micropolitics in education, Plagiarism, Teacher education
Publication Number: 3708594
ISBN: 978-1-321-83991-3
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