Criminal intent or cognitive dissonance: how does student self plagiarism fit into academic integrity?

Hartle, R. Todd and Kimmins, Lindy and Huijser, Henk (2009) Criminal intent or cognitive dissonance: how does student self plagiarism fit into academic integrity? In: 4APCEI: Educational Integrity: Creating an Inclusive Approach, 28-30 Sep 2009, Wollongong, Australia.

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Abstract

The discourse of plagiarism is speckled with punitive terms not out of place in a police officer's notes: detection, prevention, misconduct, rules, regulations, conventions, transgression, consequences, deter, trap, etc. This crime and punishment paradigm tends to be the norm in academic settings. The learning and teaching paradigm assumes that students are not filled with criminal intent, but rather are confused by the novel academic culture and its values. The discourse of learning and teaching includes: development, guidance, acknowledge, scholarly practice, communicate, familiarity, culture. Depending on the paradigm adopted, universities, teachers, and students will either focus on policies, punishments, and ways to cheat the system or on program design, assessments, and assimilating the values of academia. Self plagiarism is a pivotal issue that polarises these two paradigms. Viewed from a crime and punishment paradigm, self plagiarism is an intentional act of evading the required workload for a course by re-using previous work. Within a learning and teaching paradigm, self plagiarism is an oxymoron. We would like to explore the differences between these two paradigms by using self plagiarism as a focal point.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: No evidence on website of copyright restrictions. Open access on UoW repository.
Depositing User: Dr Hendrik Huijser
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2010 20:16
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2013 06:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: self plagiarism; academic integrity; discourse of plagiarism
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220107 Professional Ethics (incl. police and research ethics)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/6999

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