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In other (people's) words: plagiarism by university students - literature and lessons.

Park, Chris (2003) In other (people's) words: plagiarism by university students - literature and lessons. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 28 (5). pp. 471-488. ISSN 0260-2938

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Abstract

This paper reviews the literature on plagiarism by students, much of it based on North American experience, to discover what lessons it holds for institutional policy and practice within institutions of higher education in the UK. It explores seven themes: the meaning and context of plagiarism, the nature of plagiarism by students, how do students perceive plagiarism, how big a problem is student plagiarism, why do students cheat, what challenges are posed by digital plagiarism and is there a need to promote academic integrity? It is concluded that plagiarism is doubtless common and getting more so (particularly with increased access to digital sources, including the Internet), that there are multiple reasons why students plagiarise and that students often rationalise their cheating behaviour and downplay the importance of plagiarism by themselves and their peers. It is also concluded that there is a growing need for UK institutions to develop cohesive frameworks for dealing with student plagiarism that are based on prevention supported by robust detection and penalty systems that are transparent and applied consistently.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education
Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 28 (5), 2003, © Informa Plc
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
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ID Code: 123
Deposited By: Professor Chris Park
Deposited On: 03 Feb 2006
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:03
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/123

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