Why Plagiarism is a serious academic offence

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The plagiarism is identified in student works, the student has been penalized according to plagiarism existing policy by the academic institute in the United Kingdom therefore teachers and students point of view plagiarism is seem as serious academic offence. An the most of international students are not-native speakers and English has a third or second language and due to their earlier education background, grip of English language or communicating as well writing skills are not that standard as an native student, even the culture different play major roll to understand "Western Construct" of Plagiarism, why the international student facing much challenges then UK students in relation to plagiarism.

Why Student Plagiarise:

Many international students are not aware regarding plagiarism in their previous education in the home country. On other hand at UK into the class room teacher applying their ideas that student learn academic writing through a process of acquisition "Patch writing" support their views that students are involving as academic writers, therefore student find difficulty to achieving the balance between reliance on academic books and his own analysis ability. In reality, we are leaving in aged of Information Technology where World Wide Web (WWW) or internet brings the plagiarism for student; the internet has re-articulated the role and meaning of authorship in a number of way or composite techniques.

Unfair Practice to Plagiarism

In that case, if unintentional plagiarism is a situation where students are unwarily cross the border of academic integrity, now this is the big questions of teacher and academic management weather student will penalized or not, in case of this term plagiarism policy is unfair and practice should be flexible so that students get justice.

In this study researcher going to analysis the differences in understanding between home (UK) foundation students and international foundation students as well usefulness of the distinction between intentional and unintentional plagiarism to justice unfair plagiarism practice at UK university through qualitative research.

METHODOLOGY

The nature of research is subjective so that qualitative research is most suitable for this study and gathering data through pilot questionnaires, with regard to achieving aim of the study issued to comparative statement to plagiarism between international students and UK students and unfair plagiarism practice at UK universities. The questionnaires were set out and design according to findings and self administrative questionnaires distributed to all 38 participants at different colleges and universities campus, included 14 were native students and 24 international students respectively Asians were 10, Africans were 8 and from gulf were 8 and overall respondent's rate was 95%.

The self administrative questionnaires conducted into the two groups' first international students from 14 different countries and subsequent native students within the United Kingdom, the intention of finding and analysis issues of plagiarism and its related topics such as culture and cultural factor, intentional and unintentional plagiarism. All the questions were design in intention of this study and obtained by self administrative questionnaires.

International & Native Student Plagiarism

This chapter intends to investigation and analyzes being collected data through questionnaires and the results explored the key issue in this topic and illustrate appropriate conclusion regarding international student face greater challenges than UK students in relation to plagiarism and unfair practices at UK universities.

The table 1 explain that apart from 38 students, 100% native students aware about plagiarism and having a well experience of academic writing where as only 58% international students aware about plagiarism and just 33% students having a experience of academic writing in their under-graduation degree, while 79% native students have a sound knowledge of Harvard references style however just 54% international students knows about Harvard references style. The most of respondents confirmed that they plagiarised and respectively 64% and 63% native and international students copy other people work in their own as well 36% and 46% native and international student copied their some work from internet without acknowledgement, even majority of international student admitted that in your home country from any text book not at problem.

In term of culture and plagiarism, 71% international student faces a language and communication skills problem, however respectively 57% and 58% native and international students have a lack of individual value and 57% native and 38% international student having problem with lack of research skills and deep subject knowledge. Respectively 43% and 71% native students has an laziness and overconfident to get works ready within couple of days on other hand 25% and 54% international students has laziness or overconfident on the other side respectively 54% and 50% international students having a pressure to home and they believe to share work with others/friends while just 43% and 29% native students having a pressure from home and believe to share works.

Table 1 Results for plagiarism

Questions Posed

Yes/No

Native Students (14)

International Students (24)

Asian Students (10)

African Students (8)

Do you know and heard about plagiarism before university

Y

14

7

3

N

0

3

5

Do you have educational experience of academic writing in undergraduate

Y

14

4

2

N

0

6

6

Do you know what is hardware references style & you well informed

Y

11

6

3

N

2

4

5

Ever Plagiarised

Y

12

9

6

N

2

1

2

Have you copied other people work in your own

Y

9

6

5

N

5

4

3

Have you cope and pest from the internet without acknowledgement

Y

5

4

5

N

9

6

3

Have you faced a language problem

Y

0

7

6

N

14

3

2

Respect of Authority

Y

8

9

6

N

6

1

2

Individual Vales (Poor time management, lack of self regulation, fear of failure etc)

Y

8

6

4

N

6

4

4

Lack of research skills and deep subject knowledge

Y

8

4

3

N

6

6

4

Laziness or Carelessness

Y

6

2

3

N

8

8

5

Pressure from home and to write academic standard

Y

6

6

3

N

8

4

5

Easier work with friend or sharing work is OK

Y

4

6

4

N

10

4

4

Self confident to get work done within couple of days

Y

10

4

5

N

4

6

3

Conclusion:

The output of this little study describe that international student plagiarism due to, they are not shimmering aware of plagiarism as well references style by the university or college were they attending, even lack of academic writing experiences for their previous study in home country, even some cultural issue such as language problem, lack of research knowledge and presentation skills. Finding from this study students from overseas they cannot easily understand the UK existing practise of Plagiarised so that UK academics intuition should provide and set out the training in referencing skills, academic writing, poor study and research skills and existing plagiarism law.

In the regards unfair practice, majority of students unintentionally plagiarised, they are not copy and pest text from the internet, even do not copied work from others and always others works copied from their own words even though lot of students were unintentionally plagiarised in terms of this regards plagiarism practice should be flexible.

Part B:

This is paragraph about contemporary British people had a rather patronizing attitude with other countries people as well British government policies with the other countries.

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