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Systems for the production of plagiarists? The implications arising from the use of plagiarism detection systems in UK universities for Asian learners

Hayes, Niall and Introna, Lucas (2005) Systems for the production of plagiarists? The implications arising from the use of plagiarism detection systems in UK universities for Asian learners. Journal of Academic Ethics, 3 (1). pp. 55-73. ISSN 1570-1727

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Abstract

This paper argues that the inappropriate framing and implementation of plagiarism detection systems in UK universities can unwittingly construct international students as ‘plagiarists’. It argues that these systems are often implemented with inappropriate assumptions about plagiarism and the way in which new members of a community of practice develop the skills to become full members of that community. Drawing on the literature and some primary data it shows how expectations, norms and practices become translated and negotiated in such a way that legitimate attempts to conform with the expectations of the community of practice often become identified as plagiarism and illegitimate attempts at cheating often become obscured from view. It argues that this inappropriate framing and implementation of plagiarism detection systems may make academic integrity more illusive rather than less. It argues that in its current framing—as systems for ‘detection and discipline’—plagiarism detection systems may become a new micro-politics of power with devastating consequences for those excluded.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Academic Ethics
Uncontrolled Keywords: alienation - communities of practice - discrimination - international students - plagiarism - plagiarism detection systems
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Organisation, Work & Technology
ID Code: 26150
Deposited By: Dr Niall Hayes
Deposited On: 23 Mar 2009 16:46
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:29
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/26150

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