ERIC Number: EJ721683
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Reference Count: 18
Plagiarism--A Complex Issue Requiring a Holistic Institutional Approach
MacDonald, Ranald; Carroll, Jude
Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, v31 n2 p233-245 Apr 2006
Recent years have seen a growing awareness of the incidence of plagiarism, though the response has largely been to focus on deterrence through detection and punishment. However, student plagiarism is a much more complex issue than suggested by a one-solution response and this paper argues for a more holistic institutional approach that recognises the need for a shared responsibility between the student, staff and institution, supported by external quality agencies. Case studies from three institutions are used to illustrate possible triggers for adopting a holistic approach. The paper presents a checklist for identifying the absence of a holistic approach to dealing with student plagiarism and concludes that a key aspect is to adopt assessment-led solutions which focus on using low stakes, formative (as distinct from high stakes, summative) assessment.
Descriptors: Holistic Approach, Plagiarism, Cheating, Case Studies, Check Lists, Responsibility, Student Evaluation, Formative Evaluation, Higher Education, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom