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ERIC Number: ED451527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Pages: 18
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What's Mine Is Mine and What's Yours Is Mine: Peer Response and Intellectual Property at the New Millennium.
Martin, Amy Ward
This paper discusses the juxtaposition of teamwork as found in school writing assignments with the value of individual work as demonstrated in the ideas of intellectual property and copyright. It begins by addressing the question of whether students perceive collaborative writing tools such as peer response as helping or hindering them when faced with writing for a grade in a writing course. It then discusses the dichotomy between ideas and expression, in terms of the contradiction of free exchange of information at the student-to-student level and published (non-free) information gathered from printed texts, oral interviews, e-mail and Web sites. It continues by describing the results of a student survey regarding individual ownership, peer response, and the recent Napster copyright lawsuit, concluding that students feel information should be free as long as there is a benefit in terms of capital, for example, exchange of written ideas for a grade. The paper concludes by proposing a portfolio system which would move conceptually from intellectual property-as-commodity toward a contextually situated concept of writing, through students acknowledging the participants in their writing processes, especially the influences of peer responders. (EF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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