A preliminary study to determine attitudes towards plagiarism in information systems

Roberts, Dave and Gururajan, Raj (2004) A preliminary study to determine attitudes towards plagiarism in information systems. In: ACIS 2004: Managing New Wave Information Systems: Enterprise, Government and Society , 1-3 Dec 2004, Hobart, Australia.


Plagiarism, a component of academic misconduct has captured the headlines of many Australian media reports in recent months. While many articles have been written in the education domain about plagiarism, limited empirical evidence was found on the factors leading to the attitudes of plagiarism and students opinion on these attitudes. This is because many prior studies have focused their findings arising from the institutional data available on plagiarism and compiling these into a form of findings, without actually consulting either students or lecturers involved in teaching. This study, to alleviate such criticism, followed a qualitative method to develop a theme to identify factors that can contribute to plagiarism in the opinion of lecturers and tutors. This theme was then followed up by a quantitative method to extract perceptions towards these attitudes from students based on an adapted instrument. The outcomes of the theme development and perception measurement are reported in this study with a hope that academics in educational setting can produce fair and more reliable assessment methods.

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Additional Information: Paper no. 8 Dave Roberts & Raj Gururajan © 2004. The authors assign to ACIS and educational and non-profit institutions a non-exclusive licence to use this document for personal use and in courses of instruction provided that the article is used in full and this copyright statement is reproduced. The authors also grant a non-exclusive licence to ACIS to publish this document in full in the Conference Papers and Proceedings. Those documents may be published on the World Wide Web, CD-ROM, in printed form, and on mirror sites on the World Wide Web. Any other usage is prohibited without the express permission of the authors.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2007 11:55
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2018 04:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: plagiarism; cheating; student percecption; educational institutions; assessment
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220107 Professional Ethics (incl. police and research ethics)
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930104 Moral and Social Development (incl. Affect)
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/11597

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