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Aug. 2nd, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
What an article. I don't know whether to cry or scream. The saddest part was the last paragraph where the father wrote the paper and committed the plagiarism. What's his excuse?
Aug. 2nd, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
After most of a lifetime in the classroom, I've found students aren't as clueless as some might wish to think. It's really an attitude that convenience makes almost any choice acceptable. If it works, then the choice of action was fine.

Sadly, in a climate of infinite do-overs and few absolute consequences, that attitude actually stands them in good stead. Terrible consequences for the larger society, but that doesn't really seem to be the point.
Aug. 2nd, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
I saw this linked in another LJ, and I agree with her, and with Jael Lyn; it is not hard to understand that if you did not write it directly from your own brain -- if you found outside info, whether in a book or on the net -- then the source must be credited. They know; they just choose to see if they can skate by with as little effort as possible.

Probably 30 years ago, there was a Reader's Digest anecdote. A teacher was grading her fourth-graders' first attempts at "research papers", because she was teaching them the protocol. One boy had included on his list of sources, properly alphabetized among the various titles, "My dad's brain". If a fourth-grader can learn the concept, a college student has NO excuse.
Aug. 2nd, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
I think it is a huge challenge for the near future. The internet has blurred many, many issues of which creative intellectual property is but one, albeit a HUGE one.

As a former librarian working with students, I blame some of this confusion of plagiarism on teachers not keeping up with the technology and making assignments demanding use of outdated and superseded authorities. Plus curriculum does not train students how to evaluate the information they locate. And then students are composing 'reports' before they are old enough to discern any of these issues. Which is one step from cutting and pasting information off the internet into a word doc and ending up with a report about the mongoose.

They don't write it out in longhand anymore, which was tedious for us old school types, but at least it required us to absorb a bit along the way and we knew when we were copying word for word. I am not sure the younger student of 2010 would appreciate the delicacy with which we view their position. In many instances they even post their information online to the school's web page and to them it 'looks' as valid as anything else out there on the net. I am not sure they 'get' it.

I know there are deliberate cheaters out there that need to be caught, but I also don't think the issue is as cut and dried as it was in my school days. It will be interesting to watch the courts struggle with this in the future.
Aug. 3rd, 2010 12:17 pm (UTC)
When I retired, we were teaching fifth graders strategies in research and the procedure for documentation, including reference to internet passages.

It was like pulling teeth to even get the students for realize that a good paper is the end result of MULTIPLE drafts.

I don't think you can lay the blame on teachers, librarian, or the educational field. We may have a small portion of the blame. But in this area I think it really has to do with ethics and environmental learning. Where does the students learn this...at home. And either the parents are not modeling the correct behavior or they are not monitoring.

I can only do so much as a teacher if I see the students for Language Arts, 2 hours a day for 9 months. There has to be a consistency throughout the child's development. That can only be obtained through the parents.
Aug. 10th, 2010 01:42 am (UTC)
I'm not sure "depressing" adequately sums it up...
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