Students' Perceptions of Plagiarism

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The data confirmed findings from the focus group study and previous literature, indicating that confusion regarding what behaviours constituted plagiarism was evident. Results for the perceptions of seriousness indicated that plagiarism behaviours were rated as the least serious. Data revealed medium levels of anxiety from the participants regarding fear of unintentional plagiarism, a finding also consistent with the literature. Students perceived that sanctions applied to the plagiarism items by the university were mild to moderate, a contrast to the focus group findings. Evidence from the data suggests that there is a moderate degree of writing apprehension among the student sample. Results also indicate that there is some resentment levelled at the university, based on the perception that there is too much emphasis on plagiarism relative to outside the university setting.The hypothesised model that was proposed at the conclusion of the qualitative study was not supported. Theoretical reasoning, supported by post-hoc analyses, provided opportunity to further explore regression paths within the model, resulting in the testing of two further models. The final model best fit the data and presented plausible relationships between the variables.The implications of these findings suggest a revision of the CSU policy on academic misconduct, the development of a university-wide systematic approach with an educative focus, and improving deterrence strategies.ƒ
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Charles Sturt University
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Tyson, Graham, Principal Supervisor
Award date01 Aug 2013
Place of PublicationAustralia
Publisher
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Gullifer, J. (2013). Students' Perceptions of Plagiarism. Australia: Charles Sturt University.
Gullifer, Judith. / Students' Perceptions of Plagiarism. Australia : Charles Sturt University, 2013. 368 p.
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Gullifer, J 2013, 'Students' Perceptions of Plagiarism', Doctor of Philosophy, Charles Sturt University, Australia.

Students' Perceptions of Plagiarism. / Gullifer, Judith.

Australia : Charles Sturt University, 2013. 368 p.

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Gullifer J. Students' Perceptions of Plagiarism. Australia: Charles Sturt University, 2013. 368 p.