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More on Culture and Misconduct

Some months back, Science Careers looked into research exploring the relationship between academic misconduct and social structure.  Studies by Andrew Schrank of the University of New Mexico and Cheol-Sung Lee of the University of Chicago had identified structural features of universities in some East Asian countries that they say contribute to higher rates of dishonesty in research.

Now an article in the journal Human Organization amplifies the discussion.  “Stereotypes of Asian students as being more prone to plagiarize are frequently found in the literature,” write Daniel E. Martin and Asha Rao of California State University-East Bay and co-author LLoyd Sloan, whose affiliation was not mentioned.  Their research examined plagiarism among students to find any cultural connection.  The results do reveal “significant differences” among students in the likelihood to plagiarize, but these did not relate to students’ ethnic backgrounds, they report. Rather, the key factor is acculturation to American standards.  The authors therefore see “significant implications for training and managing international students and workers.”