On students' strategy-preferences for managing difficult course work

  • Jian H
  • Sandnes F
  • Huang Y
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Abstract

Course work plagiarism among university students is often attributed to ignorance about plagiarism or an assignment’s level of difficulty. Students submit other people’s work when they are unable to solve an assignment themselves. This study, based on 233 student responses from four cultural regions, investigates three aspects of academic dishonesty. First, the study identifies stu- dents’ preferred strategies for managing perceptually too difficult course work. Second, students’ preferences for responding to help from fellow students are investigated. Finally, the study measures students’ preferences for choosing side in ethical conflicts. Seven strategies for managing difficult course work, six strategies for re- sponding to requests for help, and five key parties in ethical con- flicts are studied using a pair-wise comparison method. The results show that students prefer to collaborate and use the Internet. The impact of the teacher is smaller than expected. Factors including cultural origin, gender, level of study, and field of study have lim- ited impact.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Course work plagiarism
  • Ethics
  • Pair-wise comparison method
  • Student collaboration
  • Student cooperation

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