Assessing Upperclassmen versus Underclassmen Business Student Perceptions of Plagiarism at a Regional Institution of Higher Education

  • Mingyu Li University of West Alabama
  • Feng He University of Central Arkansas
  • Shimin Lin University of West Alabama
  • Shiying Chen University of West Alabama
  • Ziqi Wang University of West Alabama
  • Daniel A. Doss University of West Alabama

Abstract

Academic dishonesty and cheating are concerns of higher education institutions. This study represents a natural extension of preceding plagiarism research that was performed at a regional institution of higher education. This study examines underclassmen versus upperclassmen perceptions of plagiarism regarding three notions:  1) necessary evil, 2) professionalism, and 3) legality.  The findings of this study confirmed the findings of its predecessors in that plagiarism was not viewed as a necessary evil, that respondents exhibited neutrality regarding plagiarism from a professional context, and that neutrality was exhibited regarding the legal perspective. One statistically significant outcome was exhibited regarding professionalism views of plagiarism.

Author Biography

Daniel A. Doss, University of West Alabama

Department of Computer Information Systems and Technology

Associate Professor

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Published
2016-12-06
How to Cite
LI, Mingyu et al. Assessing Upperclassmen versus Underclassmen Business Student Perceptions of Plagiarism at a Regional Institution of Higher Education. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 1, p. 3-17, dec. 2016. ISSN 2166-2681. Available at: <http://isejournal.org/index.php/jise/article/view/151>. Date accessed: 24 aug. 2019.

Keywords

academic dishonesty; cheating; education; higher education; plagiarism

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