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ERIC Number: EJ828976
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0094-1956
Preventing Unintentional Plagiarism: A Method for Strengthening Paraphrasing Skills
Walker, Angela L.
Journal of Instructional Psychology, v35 n4 p387-395 Dec 2008
Plagiarism may result from faulty cognitive processing and thereby be unintentional (Marsh, Landau, & Hicks, 1997). The current study tested the effectiveness of paraphrasing training designed to prevent unintentional plagiarism. Thirty-six students enrolled in research methods participated, one group received paraphrasing training; a control group did not. Both groups paraphrased a moderate and a difficult one-paragraph passage midway through the semester and a lengthier passage at the end. Results indicated no difference for the moderate paragraph; however, the training group performed better than the control on the difficult and lengthier passages. Interestingly, both groups reported similar levels of confidence in paraphrasing skills. Findings demonstrate the potential for paraphrasing training and provide direction for further development. (Contains 2 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A