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Academic misconduct in teaching portfolios

Journal article
Authors Martin G. Erikson
Peter Erlandson
Malgorzata Erikson
Published in International journal for academic development
Volume 20
Issue 4
Pages 345-354
ISSN 1360-144X
Publication year 2015
Published at School of Public Administration
Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies
Pages 345-354
Language en
Subject categories Pedagogy, Didactics, Pedagogical Work


Within academia, clear and standardised communication is vital. From this point of departure, we discuss the trustworthiness of teaching portfolios when used in assessment. Here, misconduct and fraud are discussed in terms of fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism, following the literature on research fraud. We argue that the portfolio’s unclear academic status and confusing standards makes it difficult to define misconduct. We see a risk that the practice of portfolio writing for assessment can lead to misconduct, including downright lies about accomplishments. We conclude that the trustworthiness of teaching portfolios is a responsibility for the academic community as a whole.

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