Daily Diigo Bookmarks from Steve Yuen 07/05/2010

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About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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One Response to Daily Diigo Bookmarks from Steve Yuen 07/05/2010

  1. Ahu says:

    Re: Plagiarism and cheating.

    While I have never intentionally copied material or, to my knowledge, failed to provide credit for the sources of my material, I know personally known individuals who have relied upon this form of intellectual dishonesty to obtain their desired grades in courses. Certain reasons, of course, must exist for this kind of behavior, reasons which are not listed in the article. Many students, due to internationalization, are studying in countries and languages which are new to them and therefore dismiss copying of single sentences or ideas as plagiarism because they feel as though they can’t adequately express the same thought in their non-native tongue. Additionally, cultural attitudes towards cheating and plagiarism tend to differ largely from the West to the East (based on what I have been told). Copying is seen as a very minor form of dishonesty among some Eastern students that I have conversed with. In fact, in some underdeveloped economies, plagiarism is a way of life, particularly as a business model, and copying is seen as putting forth the best of ideas.

    Catching cheaters is certainly important, and appropriate and adequate punishment is vital (i.e. as a college lecturer, I simply used google to check suspiciously fluent sentences and failed papers which contained noticeable amounts of copying). However, the prevention of plagiarism cannot rest in the “likelihood of being caught and certainty of failure” threat. Some students, due to a lack of background in formative research science classes, simply don’t know how to 1) paraphrase information, 2) synthesize information and rewrite accordingly, or even 3) provide proper citations for ideas which are used, even when the words are changed. Preventative education and training in proper research and reporting methods is vital and cannot be replaced with any number of threats.

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