This does not happen at our school: Perceptions about academic dishonesty with medical students En nuestra escuela esto no pasa: percepciones sobre la deshonestidad académica con estudiantes de medicina uri icon


  • © 2018 Elsevier España, S.L.U. Introduction: Academic dishonesty includes copying, plagiarising, or falsifying the results of an investigation, or obtaining the correct answers for activities or exams from peers that have already answered them. However, some of these behaviours do not appear to be considered as dishonest by students. Although it is known that this prevails within many levels and areas of knowledge, students¿ perceptions of the impact of this on their learning process are not known. The aim of this study was to evaluate the perception that students have about academic dishonesty when sharing course material with other students. Material and method: The design was quantitative and descriptive using questionnaires applied to students of 3 different years (2014, 2016 and 2017) during a pathology course. These included items related to academic dishonesty and its impact on the resolving of cases. A scale was used to classify the honest results as + 1 and the dishonest ones as -1. Results: Participation was 84%, 99% and 50%, respectively. Although the majority (40%) reported not benefiting from learning by sharing material, more recent generations show a greater tendency towards dishonesty (-0.124, -0.509, and -0.562). Conclusion: The intention of the students when sharing activities was to reduce the time that their classmates invest in looking for information by comparing their answers. However, they report that the total learning of the subject does not increase. Future interventions are necessary to transmit clear examples related to the concept so that they can internalise the results regarding the benefit to their learning, and the meaning of academic integrity.

Publication date

  • March 1, 2020