Date of Award

2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.Ed.

Department

Education

First Advisor

Terry Sefton

Keywords

Education, Academic misconduct, Higher education, Plagiarism, Teacher candidates

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

Although academic misconduct studies are common, less research on plagiarism, a specific type of academic misconduct, is available. This study has two groups of participants: teacher candidates and pre-service faculty instructors in a Faculty of Education in a southwestern Canadian university. This quantitative, online study investigates the plagiarism reporting rate among teacher candidates from different undergraduate disciplines as well as understandings of plagiarism and plagiarism information among both groups of participants. Findings from this study revealed that approximately half of the teacher candidates plagiarized at least once during their time in the B.Ed. program, and engaging in plagiarism does not seem to be affected by major area of study. Less than a quarter of teacher candidates have an accurate understanding of plagiarism. Although this study revealed that plagiarism is present, it also demonstrates that students are unclear of the specific behaviours that constitute plagiarism.

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