Why Do Students Plagiarize?
Students can easily plagiarize in many ways and it causes them trouble. They will either get zero for the test or fail the course. Moreover, plagiarism damages the relationship between students and professors by undermining the trust that is an important element of the learning process. The question is why do students plagiarize? There are three main causes of plagiarism which are under pressure, ignorance and poor organizational skills.
First, under pressure can cause plagiarism. Family members, especially parents want their child to have a high grade to compete scholarships, jobs or entry into graduate school. Therefore, students force themselves to please their parents. They think of any ways to do it. In the article "Why do they do it? ", Alexander Klein mentions when humans are too stressed, they destroy themselves by lying to themselves (par. 11). For some students, learning and understanding are not their goal of education. They come to class just to get a certificate. This thinking affects students’ behaviour because they only need to finish the assignment or to get the grade. Crawford Kilian writes in her article “Plagiarism for beginners” about this attitude of students:
You are in school only to get a non academic job. For you, university is a waiting room where you’re trapped for years. You just want to get through the wait with as little effort as possible until you collect your degree (par. 11).
Pressure may also come from professors. They expect all their students to get high grade, so the students, especially those who don’t have high mark, plagiarize work because they think they cannot improve their levels by themselves. Classmates can cause pressure too. For instance, your friends get higher mark than you and you feel ashamed, you want to copy their work to have same mark as them. So, plagiarism can happen when students are under pressure.
Second, ignorance is another reason why students plagiarize....