The tangled web internet plagiarism and international students` academic writing

Sutherland-Smith, Wendy 2005, The tangled web internet plagiarism and international students` academic writing, Journal of Asian Pacific communication, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 15-30, doi: 10.1075/japc.15.1.04sut.

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Title The tangled web internet plagiarism and international students` academic writing
Author(s) Sutherland-Smith, WendyORCID iD for Sutherland-Smith, Wendy
Journal name Journal of Asian Pacific communication
Volume number 15
Issue number 1
Start page 15
End page 30
Publisher John Benjamins
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2005
ISSN 0957-6851
Keyword(s) plagiarism
language teachers
questionnaires copyright infringement
Summary This study explores the notion of plagiarism and the Internet from 11 English as Second Language (ESL) teachers and 186 first-year ESL students at South-Coast University in Melbourne, Australia. Data collection was by a questionnaire and semi-structured interviews, and coded using SPSS and N*Vivo software to ascertain trends in response. The most significant difference in response related to the concept of the Internet as copyrightable space. ESL teachers in this study regarded cyberspace as a limitless environment for ‘cut and paste’ plagiarism in students’ academic writing, whereas ESL students considered the Internet a ‘free zone’ and not governed by legal proprietary rights. These conflicting views, it is suggested, relate to differing notions of authorship and attribution: the Romantic notion protected by legal theory and sanctions versus literary theory and techno-literacy notions of authorship. This research highlights the need to reformulate plagiarism policies in light of global and technological perspectives of authorship and attribution of text.
Language eng
DOI 10.1075/japc.15.1.04sut
Field of Research 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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