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Pages: 5959-5963
Publication year: 2012
ISBN: 978-84-615-5563-5
ISSN: 2340-1079

Conference name: 6th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 5-7 March, 2012
Location: Valencia, Spain

‘YOUR CHEATIN’ HEART’: HOW LECTURER’S PERCEIVE PLAGIARISM BY UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

G. Ryan, M. Valverde, M.M. Pàmies, G.M. Hernández Maskivker

Universitat Rovira i Virgili (SPAIN)
Plagiarism is a serious and growing problem that significantly diminishes the academic integrity of university education. Since the advent of the Internet and the consequent free access to large amounts of information, the endless possibilities for ‘copying and pasting’ large tracts from online documents and submitting this as original coursework makes plagiarism so easy that many students find it difficult to resist the temptation. Students who submit plagiarized coursework, and which is not being detected, are failing to develop a broad range of skills and capabilities such as study, research, analytical and writing skills.
This paper reports on a study undertaken at a Spanish public university on the views of teaching staff of plagiarism among university students. The paper aims to help fill some of the ‘gaps’ in the existing literature. Firstly, the main focus of research on this issue has traditionally been on students and their attitudes to and perceptions of plagiarism. In contrast, this study focuses on university lecturers, in terms of their definitions of plagiarism, perception and attitudes, as well as individual strategies for detection and prevention of plagiarism in university coursework. Secondly, unlike much of the existing research, the present study takes a qualitative approach with the intention of developing a holistic understanding of this complex problem. The data collection was based on in-depth interviews and focus groups. Thirdly, unlike many existing studies undertaken in the context of the ‘anglo saxon’ university model, this study was carried out in the Spanish public university education system. It is important to note that although the strategies adopted in the ‘anglo saxon’ system to prevent plagiarism are also applicable in the Spanish context, the legal situation regarding student discipline requires a very different approach to responding to plagiarism once it is detected.
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title = {‘YOUR CHEATIN’ HEART’: HOW LECTURER’S PERCEIVE PLAGIARISM BY UNIVERSITY STUDENTS},
series = {6th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2012 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-615-5563-5},
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G. Ryan, M. Valverde, M.M. Pàmies, G.M. Hernández Maskivker (2012) ‘YOUR CHEATIN’ HEART’: HOW LECTURER’S PERCEIVE PLAGIARISM BY UNIVERSITY STUDENTS, INTED2012 Proceedings, pp. 5959-5963.
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