In dealing with plagiarism as a teacher, are you proactive or reactive (perhaps even punitive)? How can you best educate your students about their responsibilities and rights as authors/compilers of information?
|Below are some questions and resources to help
you educate your students in addressing plagiarism.
What is plagiarism?
How can you support responsible use of resources?
|Plagiarism, like cheating, is an act that directly challenges the concept of intellectual honesty.
It occurs when a person....
- hands in someone else's work as their own. It could be a direct presentation of someone else's work, a paraphrase of their work, or even direct inclusion of turns of phrase from someone else's writing.
- cites sources improperly. Again, this applies to direct quotations, paraphrased ideas, and even turns of phrase.
- Model ethical and responsible Internet use by respecting intellectual property.
- Make it clear to students that you value their ideas, and will support them in developing their ideas and writing skills.
- Shape students' research and writing skills with samples of assignments and support during the process.
- Practice summarizing, paraphrasing and citing resources.
- Construct assignments that minimize plagiarism opportunities by creating collaborative topics or topics that fit the context of your class discussions.
- Provide students with both resources and direct support to help them with their writing.
- Provide class time for students to complete their work.
- Demonstrate how easily teachers can search the Internet and identify copied passages of text. Use our Plagiarism Sleuth as an example.
- Inform students that plagiarism is a serious offence in your classroom.
Below are some resources to assist
you in educating your students
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