Why Students Plagiarize

In the recent Turnitin webcast, "Why Students Plagiarize," educational psychologist and author, Jason Stephens explores why students cheat even when they believe it is morally wrong. He talks about three common motivational patterns that drive academic dishonesty:

  • Under Pressure: High performance goals or high extrinsic motivation
  • Under-interested: Low mastery goals or low intrinsic motivation
  • Unable: Low efficacy or low perceived sense of ability

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Jason M Stephens is an Associate Porfessor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut.