The need for a subject-specific case-driven approach to plagiarism education

Plagiarism today

Despite the increasing media attention it has received in recent years, academic misconduct is nothing new. William J. Bowers’ 1964 study of over five thousand students from 99 schools was the first widespread study of the prevalence of academic misconduct and found that almost three-quarters of students surveyed reported engaging in some level of academic misconduct, with 30 percent admitting to plagiarism and 49 percent acknowledging copying a couple of sentences without footnoting (McCabe et al., 2001: 224). McCabe and Trevino repeated slightly modified versions of Bowers’ study throughout the 1990s and found little change in the percentage of ...

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