Proceedings of The 5th World Conference on Research in Education
Academic Integrity: Understanding Essences of Undergraduates’ Plagiarism in Their Research Writing at a Southern Chinese College
In China, plagiarism among undergraduates has been a protruding issue preventing the healthy development of tertiary institutions. The purpose of this IPA research was to acquire a profound understanding of the essences of the phenomenon through the process of students’ research writing at a southern Chinese college. By purposive sampling 11 participants were selected to join in online face-to-face and one-on-one semi-structured interviews to contribute rich voices. After data analysis seven themes emerged: their poor literacy about plagiarism; their few learning experiences related to plagiarism; their disapproval of plagiarism with different tolerance levels; the difficulties they encountered during the writing; their sophistication in detouring the plagiarism detecting tool; their reasons for committing plagiarism; their undervaluation of disciplinary study. Based on the rich findings a preliminary holistic solution was suggested to mitigate plagiarism with the instructors, the policy makers and administration and the students all playing their respective roles and with the literacy education related to plagiarism at the center.
keywords: emerging themes, holistic solution, IPA, voices; reflections.