Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2440/28613
Type: Conference paper
Title: Plagiarism detection and prevention. Pedagogical implications for lecturers of first year university students
Author: McGowan, U.
Citation: Enhancing the transition to higher education : strategies and policies that work, proceedings of the Seventh Pacific Rim Conference [on] First Year in Higher Education, 9-11 July 2003, QUT, Brisbane, Australia / Duncan Nulty & Noel Meyers (eds.)
Publisher: Queensland University of Technology
Publisher Place: CDROM
Issue Date: 2003
ISBN: 1741070287
Conference Name: Pacific Rim Conference [on] First year in Higher Education (7th : 2003 : Brisbane, Australia)
Abstract: Plagiarism detection and prevention is becoming an urgent issue in tertiary education, at a time when the internet provides students with access to an ever increasing variety of sources to incorporate into their assignments. As universities explore the use of electronic plagiarism detection systems, there is a need to consider the implications of a possible blowout in successful detection. The most obvious implication is to review the effectiveness of existing policies that are aimed at prevention. Taking into account the confusion with which many first year students view the concept of plagiarism, it is unlikely that more forceful reminders of the punitive powers of the policies will be sufficiently effective. It is suggested that a mainstream learning and teaching focus, not only on referencing conventions, but also on discipline-specific language development, may be needed in order to reduce the incidence of unintentional plagiarism by confused first year students.
RMID: 0020032273
Appears in Collections:Centre for Learning and Professional Development publications

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