Plagiarism: are we losing the battle in higher education?
- Authors: Nicholson, Denise
- Date: 2010-05-17
- Subjects: Plagiarism , Academic dishonesty , Ethics , Internet access
- Type: Presentation
- Identifier: uj:1580 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/3313
- Description: Plagiarism is not a new phenomenon. In fact it has been around for a long time. Even famous authors and creators have allegedly plagiarized others’ works. However, the digital era has created new opportunities for plagiarists and more problems for teaching staff. The Internet offers students a treasure trove of digital resources which are easy to access, use and reproduce. Despite the Internet also providing the means to detect plagiarism, there has been an increase in plagiarism in higher education. Plagiarism has become a real concern for South African tertiary institutions. This paper will discuss plagiarism in relation to educational and cultural backgrounds, academic integrity and ethical codes and will give possible reasons why students plagiarize, some ways of avoiding and detecting plagiarism and some possible solutions to the problem.
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Examining the cheats: the role of conscientiousness and excitement seeking in academic dishonesty.
- Authors: De Bruin, G.P.
- Date: 2007
- Subjects: Academic dishonesty , Big five model , Cheating , Conscientiousness , Excitement seeking , Procrastination , Self-control
- Type: Article
- Identifier: uj:6566 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/2866
- Description: This study examines the relationships of the personality traits of conscientiousness and excitement seeking with self-reported frequency of premeditated cheating in tests and exams among university students. The results show that the two traits combine to account for a statistically and practically significant proportion of variance in academic cheating. It appears that a lack of effort and a need for high excitement seeking may serve as predisposing traits with regard to academic cheating. A model of the role that the two traits may play in explaining academic cheating is presented.
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