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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/29451

Title: Academic dishonesty among physical therapy students: A pilot study
Authors: Montuno, Eli
Davidson, Alex
Iwasaki, Karen
Jones, Susan
Martin, Jay
Advisor: Brooks, Dina
Gibson, Barbara
Mori, Brenda
Department: Physical Therapy
Keywords: academic dishonesty
physical therapy education
cheating
academic integrity
plagiarism
attitudes
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: Purpose: To examine academically dishonest behaviours based on Physical Therapy (PT) students current practices and educators prior behaviours as PT students. Method: A web-based questionnaire was sent to 174 students and 250 educators from the PT program at the University of Toronto. The questionnaire gathered data on demographics, as well as the prevalence, seriousness and contributing factors regarding academic dishonesty (AD). Results: In all, 52.4% of educators and 44.3% of students responded to the questionnaire over a six-week data collection period. Scenarios rated the most serious were the least frequently performed by educators and students. The impact of generation on attitudes and prevalence of AD were not significant. The most commonly reported contributing factors of AD were school-related pressure, disagreement with evaluation methods and the perception that everyone else does it. Conclusion: This study parallels the findings of similar research conducted on other healthcare programs. It suggests that AD is widespread throughout the curriculum with greater incidence in situations associated with helping peers rather than personal gain. The consistency in behaviours across generations reflects a culture of cheating in the program that is accepted as the social norm and may be a function of the environment.
Description: Affiliated institutions include: University of Toronto (D. Brooks, B. Gibson, B. Mori)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/29451
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