A Search for a Common Thread: Iranian, Afghan, and Tajik EFL Students' Perceptions of Academic Misconduct

Rasoul Mohammad Hosseinpur (1) , Reza Bagheri Nevisi (2) , Ahmad Nawab Sultani (3)
(1) English Department, University of Qom. Alghadir Avenue, 37185-396, Qom, Iran , Iran, Islamic Republic of
(2) Englsih Department, University of Qom Alghadir Avenue, 37185-396, Qom, Iran , Iran, Islamic Republic of
(3) English Department, University of Qom Alghadir Avenue, 37185-396, Qom. Iran , Iran, Islamic Republic of


The paucity of studies on plagiarism in some under-explored contexts, such as Afghanistan and Tajikistan, highlight the necessity of conducting this study. To this end, 200 Iranian, 185 Afghan, and 170 Tajik EFL students, who share certain commonalities regarding culture and language, participated in the study. The iThenticate (2013) questionnaire and two essay-type questions on the main reasons for committing plagiarism and possible ways to cope with it were employed to examine the participants’ perceptions toward it. Findings revealed that the participants from these three countries shared the same ideas regarding the most common and serious forms of plagiarism. It was also found that overalllack of knowledge about plagiarism, absence of severe punishment, and ease of plagiarizing was among the most important reason for committing plagiarism. The study proposed “raising students’ awareness of plagiarism and its consequences” and “establishment of severe punishment” as the best possible ways to cope with it.

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Rasoul Mohammad Hosseinpur
rmhosseinpur@gmail.com (Primary Contact)
Reza Bagheri Nevisi
Ahmad Nawab Sultani
Author Biographies

Rasoul Mohammad Hosseinpur, English Department, University of Qom. Alghadir Avenue, 37185-396, Qom, Iran

Rasoul Mohammad Hosseinpur is an associate professor of TEFL at the University of Qom, Iran. He has published several articles in ELT-related journals. His research areas include second language writing pedagogy, interlanguage pragmatics, teacher and learner identity, and culture and language learning and teaching.

Reza Bagheri Nevisi, Englsih Department, University of Qom Alghadir Avenue, 37185-396, Qom, Iran

Reza Bagheri Nevisi is an associate professor of applied linguistics at University of Qom, Iran. His research interests include task-based language teaching, language assessment, CALL, and culture and language learning and teaching.

Ahmad Nawab Sultani, English Department, University of Qom Alghadir Avenue, 37185-396, Qom. Iran

Ahmad Nawab Sultani is an MA Graduate from the University of Qom, Iran. He is mainly interested in culture and language learning and teaching.

Hosseinpur, R. M., Nevisi, R. B., & Sultani, A. N. (2023). A Search for a Common Thread: Iranian, Afghan, and Tajik EFL Students’ Perceptions of Academic Misconduct. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 23(1), 13–23. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v23i1.91

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