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A tale of plagiarism: How serious is the offence to our students

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • Despite increasing rates of plagiarism in North American universities, little research has been conducted Canadian university students' attitudes toward plagiarism. To address this, we surveyed 377 undergraduate students at a Canadian univeristy using a psychometrically validated instrument to understand their stories about plagiarism (the Attitudes Toward Plagiarism Questrionnaire - Revised; Howard, Ehrich, & Walton, 2014). Although only a concerning minority of student reported engaging in plagiarist behaviours, there was a more pervasive tendency for students to take a permissive stance on plagiarism. These findings will allow educators and educational institutions to better understand students' self-reported stressors and attitudes of plagiarism and enact and create new stories to proactively address these issues.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Bokosmaty, S. & Eady, M. J. (2016). A tale of plagiarism: How serious is the offence to our students. International Society for Scholarship of Teaching & Learning: ISSOTL 2016: Telling the Story of Teaching and Learning Exploring What Works, When, How, and Why

Abstract


  • Despite increasing rates of plagiarism in North American universities, little research has been conducted Canadian university students' attitudes toward plagiarism. To address this, we surveyed 377 undergraduate students at a Canadian univeristy using a psychometrically validated instrument to understand their stories about plagiarism (the Attitudes Toward Plagiarism Questrionnaire - Revised; Howard, Ehrich, & Walton, 2014). Although only a concerning minority of student reported engaging in plagiarist behaviours, there was a more pervasive tendency for students to take a permissive stance on plagiarism. These findings will allow educators and educational institutions to better understand students' self-reported stressors and attitudes of plagiarism and enact and create new stories to proactively address these issues.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Bokosmaty, S. & Eady, M. J. (2016). A tale of plagiarism: How serious is the offence to our students. International Society for Scholarship of Teaching & Learning: ISSOTL 2016: Telling the Story of Teaching and Learning Exploring What Works, When, How, and Why