Canadian university students' gendered attitudes toward plagiarism

Sahar Bokosmaty, John Ehrich, Michelle J. Eady, Kenton Bell
2017 Journal of Further and Higher Education  
Prior research on plagiarism has indicated that men may have a greater predisposition toward academic dishonesty than women. However, little research has been conducted using psychometrically tested instruments to validate such claims. To address this gap, a survey was conducted with 377 undergraduate students at a Canadian university on their attitudes toward plagiarism using a psychometrically validated instrument (the Attitudes Toward Plagiarism Questionnaire -Revised). Using differential
more » ... ing differential item functioning/ Rasch analysis, no overall differences in attitudes toward plagiarism based on gender were found. A descriptive analysis of both men and women revealed that while only a concerning minority of students reported engaging in plagiarist behaviours; there was a tendency for students to take a permissive stance on plagiarism. These results are discussed within the wider context of plagiarism research in higher education.
doi:10.1080/0309877x.2017.1359505 fatcat:d6rqns4ugbbmxa5zluk77sq5hq