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RAMOS QUISPE, Teresa et al. Attitudes towards Plagiarism in Business Administration Students from Two Private Universities in Arequipa. Propós. represent. [online]. 2019, vol.7, n.1, pp.33-45. ISSN 2307-7999.

The present study is aimed to identify, describe and explain attitudes toward plagiarism of the students of Business Administration from two private universities in Arequipa. A qualitative methodology was used and the technique was the analysis of content. The data were obtained from information from the application of an individual interview guide and a guide to focus group. Twenty individual interviews and two focus groups were conducted, totalling 20 newly-admitted students (10 women and 10 men). The categories arising from the answers expressed by the participants were: (a) knowledge of the phenomenon, (b) permissive attitude toward plagiarism, (c) plagiarism as a social facilitator, (d) consequences and (e) preventive attitude. The results show that, for those interviewed, plagiarism is defined as the act of "copying something that does not belong to one", "cheat" or "theft". They also concluded that plagiarizing is a common and even institutionalized practice that begins at school and is perfected in the University. Getting good grades is the reason why there are no accusations or discrepancy between students who commit plagiarism and those who do not, since they maintain that plagiarism is not a crime. Finally, the ignorance that you are committing plagiarism, the superficiality and fear to fail a course are some of the causes of this cheating action. Among the proposals that the interviewees mentioned to solve this problem is for universities to disclose and implement its disciplinary regulations.

Palabras clave : Academic Plagiarism; Writing Practices; Higher Education; Academic Works.

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