Source-code plagiarism in universities : a comparative study of student perspectives in China and the UK
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AbstractThere has been much research and discussion relating to variations in plagiaristic activity observed in students from different demographic backgrounds. Differences in behaviour have been noted in many studies, although the underlying reasons are still a matter of debate. Existing work focuses mainly on textual plagiarism, and most often derives results by studying (small) groups of overseas students studying in a Western context. This study investigates understanding of source-code plagiarism (i.e. plagiarism of computer programmes) amongst university students in China. The survey instrument was a Chinese translation of a survey previously administered in English in the UK. This paper reports the results of the exploratory survey conducted in China, and compares these results to those from a parallel survey conducted in the UK. The results show that there is a significant difference in understanding between the respondents from the two surveys, and suggest topics which a future and more comprehensive study may focus on.
Zhang, Dongyang, Joy, Mike, Cosma, Georgina, Boyatt, Russell, Sinclair, Jane and Yau, Jane Yin-Kim. (2013) Source-code plagiarism in universities : a comparative study of student perspectives in China and the UK. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, Volume 39 (Number 6). pp. 743-458. ISSN 0260-2938