Understanding of and attitudes to academic ethics among first‐year university students

Adèle Thomas, André Van Zyl

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This study aimed to explore the understanding of and attitudes towards academic ethics of first‐year students at a South African University using a paper‐based survey that yielded 3611 respondents. A degree of confusion and ambivalence regarding academic ethical issues exists. The relative wealth of respondents also appears to influence the understanding of and attitudes to academic ethics. Millennial students have a tendency to disregard ownership of knowledge. There is a need for instruction in academic ethics to instil an awareness of integrity in academic pursuit, coupled with an understanding of the world views of millennials. 


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Academic dishonesty; millennial students; plagiarism; relative wealth; South Africa

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