Exploring Academic Integrity in Primary Education: Challenges, Strategies, and Impact
The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
This study explores promoting academic integrity in primary education, examining its definition, challenges, effective strategies, and implications. Using a mixed-methods approach involving survey and thematic analysis, the study provides insights for educators, policymakers, and stakeholders. Key findings highlight the significance of explicit instruction, clear policies, positive school culture, and parental involvement in fostering academic integrity. Challenges include grade pressure, a lack of understanding, and the consequences of misconduct. Effective strategies involve nurturing critical and creative thinking, leveraging technology, and continuous reinforcement. The study acknowledges limitations, such as limited sample size and reliance on self-reported data, and suggests future research directions, including diversifying the sample and employing multiple research methods. Overall, this paper contributes practical knowledge for promoting academic integrity, supporting ethical development, and facilitating long-term academic success among primary school students.