2nd Asia-Pacific Educational Integrity Conference
Teaching research postgraduates educational integrity through an information literacy training programme
Angela Newton - University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Educational integrity is at the core of a new information literacy training programme for research postgraduates at the University of Leeds . The new training programme is a product of the UK 's 2002 Roberts review (Roberts, 2002) which recommended that research postgraduates receive a minimum of 10 days of transferable skills training per year. Educational integrity plays a significant role in the transferable information literacy skills required by research postgraduates, and as such, it is embedded within the training programme. Research postgraduates are required to disseminate information to others through a variety of media, and to achieve this they must understand how to use information in an ethical manner. Teaching skills such as good practice in literature searching, avoiding plagiarism, using reference management software, and raising awareness of intellectual property rights and copyright issues around e-publishing your own work, all contribute to the development of a well-rounded research student.
This paper will look at how the information literacy programme for research postgraduates has been developed through the recommendations of the Roberts review (Roberts, 2002), the Research Councils UK Joint Skills Statement (RCUK, 2001), a literature review, the results of an in-house survey, and an examination of best practice in other HE institutions. An indication of possible future developments to the programme at the University of Leeds will also be included.
Keywords: academic integrity, educational integrity, research postgraduates, information literacy