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ERIC Number: EJ923067
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1741-5659
A Study of Turnitin as an Educational Tool in Student Dissertations
Biggam, John; McCann, Margaret
Interactive Technology and Smart Education, v7 n1 p44-54 2010
Purpose: This paper explores the use of Turnitin as a learning tool (particularly in relation to citing sources and paraphrasing) and as a vehicle for reducing incidences of plagiarism. Design/methodology/approach: The research was implemented using a case study of 49 final-year "honours" undergraduate students undertaking their year-long core dissertation module. Over the course of the academic year student submissions to Turnitin were analysed in terms of improvements to their Turnitin scores and academic writing. Findings: The majority of students submitted the first three chapters of their dissertation to Turnitin (Introduction, Literature Review and Methodology); less than half the students submitted their Findings and Conclusion to Turnitin. Over the course of the academic year, students submitted their dissertation work on average five times. Student Turnitin "similarity scores" were reduced but student use of Turnitin did not significantly enhance the quality of their writing. Research limitations/implications: It is clear that mechanisms need to be explored to convince students of the potential educational benefits of Turnitin and to encourage staff to engage more in the process. Practical implications: Theoretically, using Turnitin for the dual purpose of preventing plagiarism and enhancing student academic writing skills has an obvious appeal; however, this study illustrates that one cannot take for granted both student and staff buy-in. Originality/value: This paper is of value to academic staff who wish to explore the benefits, and pitfalls, of using Turnitin as an educational tool. (Contains 5 tables and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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