Academic Honesty

Academic honesty is usually a term that we associate with high school and college students, however like every good habit of mind it all starts forming right from the beginning here in the PYP.  This is made possible by the continuums that we have between the IB programmes, such as Approaches to Learning and Internationalism.

continuumIn an IB World School academic honesty is a principle informed by the attributes of the learner profile. In teaching and learning, and assessment, academic honesty serves to promote personal integrity and instill respect for others and the honesty of their own work. Sustaining academic honesty helps to ensure that all students have an equal and equitable opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and understandings they acquire during their personal inquiries.

Learner ProfileAcademic honesty is an essential principle of any academic program that enhances an educational organization’s credibility and position as a leader. As stated in the learner profile, all members of KIS community strive to be principled;

“Acting with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice, and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups, and communities”.



Good practice—recommendations for students

  • Ensure that all sources you have consulted are acknowledged in your work using the referencing style agreed with your teacher.
  • Make sure that information you have used is acknowledged in the body of the text and is fully listed in the bibliography.
  • Use quotation marks or indentation to show all text that is someone else’s exact words and do not forget to show whose words they are.
  • Cite your sources so that readers can find them; if you cannot state the origin of the source it is probably better not to use it.

Why do we cite?

Proper citation is a key element of academic scholarship and intellectual exchange. When you cite, you:

  • show respect for the work of others
  • give the reader the opportunity to follow up your references
  • help the reader distinguish your work from the work of others
  • give the reader the opportunity to check the validity of your interpretation
  • receive proper credit for your research process
  • demonstrate that you are able to use reliable sources and critically assess them to support your work
  • establish credibility and authority of your own knowledge and ideas
  • demonstrate that you are able to draw your own conclusions. Plagiarism misrepresents the work of another person as your own.

Essential Agreement

  • Make clear which words, ideas, images, and works are not your own.
  • Give credit for copied, adapted and paraphrased material.
  • If you paraphrase an idea—that is if you restate it, but alter the exact wording—you must still cite that source.
  • You must cite the source of images, maps, charts, tables, data sets, musical compositions, movies, computer source codes and song lyrics—any material that is not your own.
  • Make clear where the borrowed material starts and finishes; this can be done by using quotation marks, using an opening indication and a closing page number.
  • All sources cited in the text must also be listed in the bibliography (or reference list/list of works cited).

IB publications used for this article were: Academic Honesty Learner Profile and Poster  Academic honesty – principles to practice

Citing Rules from Research and Style Manual

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