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Abstract Title: A Case Study Exploring Reasons a Hard-Working Student Might Copy from Yahoo Answers
Abstract: Many students' out-of-class learning experience includes using online and social-media resources.  Most of these resources emerged in the last few decades, change rapidly, and are used widely.  These resources and their use by students are understudied in PER.  Via a semi-structured interview, we asked Andrea (pseudonym), who was taking an introductory physics class, what she thought about the use of out-of-class resources with respect to ethics and learning.  Andrea was an exemplary student in many ways: she regularly read full textbook chapters, took thorough and regular notes, and practiced extra end-of-the-chapter problems.  Additionally, Andrea engaged in some solution copying behavior which many instructors deem cheating.  Our analysis highlights the way Andrea's use of online resources was deeply entangled with her views of and commitment to learning in this course context.  We argue that we need more contextually-grounded models of how students understand and enact academic integrity.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: 2.J4

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Brandon James Johnson
University of Maryland - College Park
and Co-Presenter(s)
Ayush Gupta, University of Maryland - College Park