Research Articles On Attitudes And Attitudes Towards Plagiarism And Academic Misconduct

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Critical comparison of two journal articles on different perceptions and attitudes towards plagiarism and academic misconduct. Plagiarism is a major concern for both students and teachers and the consequences of plagiarising will differ depending on the degree of misconduct within an assessed piece of academic writing. Throughout this essay there will be a comparison of two journal articles supplied in the plagiarism reader. The first essay is ‘Exploring academic misconduct: Some insights into student behaviour’ written by Bob Perry and published in 2010. This article highlights the increase of misconduct cases reported in newspapers and research, stating that increase is paired with the ‘new internet enterprises’ that are benefiting from…show more content…
In contrast the Flint et al.’s article provides two opposing definitions. The first, as defined by Liverpool Hope University, is the referencing techniques and writing skills used in a piece of written work explaining that: ‘The use of material which is not acknowledged to its source and also the direct use of material, reference or un-referenced without the clear indication that the material is taken verbatim from its source. Liverpool Hope University College, 2003’. The second defines plagiarism in terms of personal ownership and academic integrity using Pyer’s 2000 definition; ‘it is taking the words, ideas and labour of other people and giving the impression that they are your own’. It develops the definition of plagiarism emphasised in the first article by adding the need for a ‘declaration of academic integrity’ confirming that the work submitted is your own, this is the first time this point has been made in both articles. Research was taken out by both journal articles although the difference is the source of the research. Perry used three previous studies focusing on ‘The Times Higher Education Study’ to create a three paged questionnaire in order to assess the student’s perception at different level of study. His questionnaire identified a profile that acknowledged an age range, gender and employment category. It questioned attitudes towards statements and ethical reasoning as well as fears
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