Student attitudes toward professional practices

Kieran F. Lim

Abstract


There has been anecdotal evidence that students from various cultures have different perspectives toward professional practices, including (1) how to use quotations, (2) occupational health and safety and (3) recording data, but there has been a lack of hard evidence to either confirm or contradict this belief. This paper presents a snapshot of student attitudes toward professional practices in Australia. The survey group consisted of students enrolled in an undergraduate 1st year, 2nd semester, chemistry subject. Students generally agreed that they should paraphrase and should cite sources of information. However, there was confusion about the use of extensive quotations and occupational health and safety. There was no significant difference in the responses by the country of secondary schooling or family background, but were some significant differences by the respondents’ age, number of years in university and by the discipline area of study.

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