Pandora`s box : academic perceptions of student plagiarism in writing

Sutherland-Smith, Wendy 2005, Pandora`s box : academic perceptions of student plagiarism in writing, Journal of English for academic purposes, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 83-95, doi: 10.1016/j.jeap.2004.07.007.

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Title Pandora`s box : academic perceptions of student plagiarism in writing
Author(s) Sutherland-Smith, WendyORCID iD for Sutherland-Smith, Wendy
Journal name Journal of English for academic purposes
Volume number 4
Issue number 1
Start page 83
End page 95
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2005-01
ISSN 1475-1585
Keyword(s) EAP writing classrooms
teacher perceptions
Summary Plagiarism is viewed by many academics as a kind of Pandora's box—the elements contained inside are too frightening to allow escape for fear of the havoc that may result. Reluctance by academic members of staff to discuss student plagiarism openly may contribute to the often untenable situations we, as teachers, face when dealing with student plagiarism issues. In this article, I examine the dilemmas English for Academic Purposes (EAP) staff face when dealing with student plagiarism in the tertiary classroom. The perceptions of all 11 teachers involved in teaching a first year EAP writing subject at South-Coast University are detailed in light of the university's policy on plagiarism. My research indicates that not only is an agreed definition of plagiarism difficult to reach by members of staff teaching the same subject, but plagiarism is a multi-layered phenomenon encompassing a spectrum of human intention. Evaluating the spectrum can lead to differences in the implementation of university plagiarism policy, the result of which embodies issues of equity. The aim of the article is to encourage policy-makers and academic staff to acknowledge the concerns about implementation of plagiarism policy. Collaborative, cross-disciplinary re-thinking of plagiarism is needed to reach workable solutions.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.jeap.2004.07.007
Field of Research 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2004, Elsevier Ltd
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