Research by the University of the Balearic Islands has analysed the phenomenon of academic plagiarism among secondary school students. The study, published in the journal ‘Comunicar’, confirms that this practice is widespread in secondary education, especially among the boys. Also, those who leave tasks to the last minute are the ones with a greater tendency to copy.
Two Galician universities have studied the results of the most outstanding students in Compulsory Secondary Education (or ‘ESO’ in Spain) in the exam for the special prize. What is most surprising about the results is that there are many more females (63%) than males (37%) with top average marks at this educational stage, yet in the exam, the boys fare better.
A scientific study in six European countries has analysed the role that parents play in the risk of their children consuming alcohol, tobacco and cannabis. Both an irresponsible permissive attitude and demand are associated with higher drug use than those upbringings which encourage a good relationship with children.