Canadian university students’ gendered attitudes toward plagiarism

Sahar Bokosmaty, John Ehrich, Michelle J. Eady, Kenton Bell

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Abstract

Prior research on plagiarism has indicated that men may have a greater predisposition toward academic dishonesty than women. However, little research has been conducted using psychometrically tested instruments to validate such claims. To address this gap, a survey was conducted with 377 undergraduate students at a Canadian university on their attitudes toward plagiarism using a psychometrically validated instrument (the Attitudes Toward Plagiarism Questionnaire – Revised). Using differential item functioning/Rasch analysis, no overall differences in attitudes toward plagiarism based on gender were found. A descriptive analysis of both men and women revealed that while only a concerning minority of students reported engaging in plagiarist behaviours; there was a tendency for students to take a permissive stance on plagiarism. These results are discussed within the wider context of plagiarism research in higher education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-290
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Further and Higher Education
Volume43
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • academic dishonesty
  • attitudes
  • Canada
  • education
  • plagiarism
  • university

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Bokosmaty, Sahar ; Ehrich, John ; Eady, Michelle J. ; Bell, Kenton. / Canadian university students’ gendered attitudes toward plagiarism. In: Journal of Further and Higher Education. 2019 ; Vol. 43, No. 2. pp. 276-290.
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Canadian university students’ gendered attitudes toward plagiarism. / Bokosmaty, Sahar; Ehrich, John; Eady, Michelle J.; Bell, Kenton.

In: Journal of Further and Higher Education, Vol. 43, No. 2, 2019, p. 276-290.

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