2015 Developing good academic practices

Developing good academic practices

Good academic practice is ensuring that what you write is your own work and where your use other sources that they are properly attributed.  The buzz words around this statement are academic integrity and plagiarism.

Good academic practice evolves from Year 7 through to Year 12. The key pillars are that the words a student  writes originates from the student and that the thoughts and ideas presented  are clearly identified and make use of specific examples to illustrate stated view points.  Increasingly we are asking students to formulate their ideas in the context of a word limit. 

Recently, Year 10 in Integrated were required  to write a 300 word reflection based on the following research question:  "Should US provided military aid to Ukraine" . The teachers modelled the research in a series of blog posts.  The students did not have to do the research, though many chose to do more additional investigations, and as such they only had to understand the issues and come up with an informed decision.  

With the research taken care of they were in a position to think and write clearly on their viewpoint. The students found this to be a challenging task and it was encouraging to see girls draft several versions of their  longer initial responses down to 300 words. In fact,  a peer review process was implemented in some cases with teachers and students from  various classes reading practice answers  to share ideas ideas for refinement. 

We believe, in preparation for assessment tasks and the HSC,  that the practice of answering of questions with in the framework of a restricted number of words is a crucial skill for Loreto girls to develop. As the girls do this they will develop confidence in using their own ideas and examples and will enhance the retention of information.