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Cultural values, plagiarism, and fairness: when plagiarism gets in the way of learning

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2005
<mark>Journal</mark>Ethics and Behavior
Issue number3
Number of pages19
Pages (from-to)213-231
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The dramatic increase in the number of overseas students studying in the United Kingdom and other Western countries has required academics to reevaluate many aspects of their own, and their institutions', practices. This article considers differing cultural values among overseas students toward plagiarism and the implications this may have for postgraduate education in a Western context. Based on focus-group interviews, questionnaires, and informal discussions, we report the views of plagiarism among students in 2 postgraduate management programs, both of which had a high constituency of overseas students. We show that plagiarist practices are often the outcome of many complex and culturally situated influences. We suggest that educators need to appreciate these differing cultural assumptions if they are to act in an ethical manner when responding to issues of plagiarism among international students.