Plagiarism and use of technology by high school students

Juan C. Torres Diaz, Josep M. Duart, Pablo V. Torres Carrión, Isidro Marín Gutierrez


The use of the different tools and resources available on the web has the potential to affect the level of plagiarism at all educational levels. This article approaches the relationship between the use of Internet resources and the levels of plagiarism among high school students in Ecuador. Quantitatively, 16,546 surveys of high school students were conducted and the students were classified using the k-means method according to the use of Internet tools. Cause-effect relationships were established through logistic regression between classifications and the levels of plagiarism. The results show that Internet skills and student confidence in the Internet directly affect plagiarism levels. It was found that plagiarism depends on the confidence levels of the students and on the variables connection days per week, level of Internet knowledge, hours connected per day and years of experience as an Internet user.

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