Monday, February 23, 2009

A new perspective on curbing student plagiarism

This week's edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education has a pair of interesting columns on student plagiarism.  In the first, "Academic Integrity and Student Plagiarism:  A Question of Education, Not Ethics," a professor offers her advice that the best way to deter student plagiarism is to treat "academic integrity . . . as a set of skills to be learned.  [It] . . . has both philosophical and practical dimensions: Students must be persuaded of the value of citation — which is far from self-evident — and instructed over time in how to do it."

In the second column called "A Student's View: Why Cheating Matters," a graduate student implores professors to take student cheating seriously:  "The future of our nation depends on it.  America is in the midst of one of the worst economic environments since the Great Depression, and the fallout from dishonest individuals from Wall Street to Pennsylvania Avenue has been breathtaking. . . .   [It's too easy] for people to begin rationalizing dishonest behavior at the earliest parts of their careers." 

The Legal Writing Institute has been a leader within the legal academy in educating both faculty and students about the dangers of plagiarism and how to avoid it.  Several plagiarism resources are available online through LWI here.

Hat tip to Associate Dean John Edwards.

I am the scholarship dude - giving credit where credit is due.

(jbl)

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