Academic integrity and plagiarism: perceptions and experience of staff and students in a school of dentistry: A situational analysis of staff and student perspectives

Ford, P. J. and Hughes, C. (2012) Academic integrity and plagiarism: perceptions and experience of staff and students in a school of dentistry: A situational analysis of staff and student perspectives. European Journal of Dental Education, 16 1: E180-E186.


Author Ford, P. J.
Hughes, C.
Title Academic integrity and plagiarism: perceptions and experience of staff and students in a school of dentistry: A situational analysis of staff and student perspectives
Journal name European Journal of Dental Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1396-5883
1600-0579
Publication date 2012-02
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1600-0579.2011.00695.x
Volume 16
Issue 1
Start page E180
End page E186
Total pages 7
Place of publication Malden, MA, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract Introduction:  This project has investigated student and staff perceptions and experience of plagiarism in a large Australian dental school to develop a response to an external audit report.
Methods:  Workshops designed to enhance participants’ understanding of plagiarism and to assist with practical ways to promote academic integrity within the school were provided to all students and staff. Anonymous surveys were used to investigate perceptions and experience of plagiarism and to assess the usefulness of the workshops.
Results:  Most participants felt that plagiarism was not a problem in the school, but a significant number were undecided. The majority of participants reported that the guidelines for dealing with plagiarism were inadequate and most supported the mandatory use of text-matching software in all courses. High proportions of participants indicated that the workshops were useful and that they would consider improving their practice as a result.
Conclusions:  The study provided data that enhanced understanding of aspects of plagiarism highlighted in the report at the school level and identified areas in need of attention, such as refining and raising awareness of the guidelines and incorporation of text-matching software into courses, as well as cautions to be considered (how text-matching software is used) in planning responsive action.
Keyword Academic integrity
Plagiarism
Dental students
Academic staff
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 2 JUN 2011

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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