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ERIC Number: EJ764293
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0729-4360
In Their Own Words: A Qualitative Study of the Reasons Australian University Students Plagiarize
Devlin, Marcia; Gray, Kathleen
Higher Education Research and Development, v26 n2 p181-198 Jun 2007
The ways in which universities and individual academics attempt to deter and respond to student plagiarism may be based on untested assumptions about particular or primary reasons for this behaviour. Using a series of group interviews, this qualitative study gathered the views of 56 Australian university students on the possible reasons for plagiarism within their institution. The results indicate a wide and disparate range of possible contributing reasons for plagiarism, including: institutional admission criteria; student understanding of plagiarism; poor academic skills; a range of teaching and learning factors; personality factors; and external pressures. These findings are compared with other findings about reasons for student plagiarism in Australasia. The implications of these findings are considered for universities and individual academics seeking to better engage with their students to minimize or marginalize plagiarism. The following are appended: (1) Plagiarism student group interview schedule; and (2) Definition of plagiarism, from the university, at the time at which the study was conducted. (Contains 1 table and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A