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ERIC Number: EJ924864
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1080-5699
Rethinking Plagiarism
Nealy, Chynette
Business Communication Quarterly, v74 n2 p205-209 Jun 2011
Plagiarism, presenting someone's words or other creative products as one's own, is a mandatory discussion and writing assignment in many undergraduate business communication courses. Class discussions about this topic tend to be lively, ranging from questions about simply omitting identified sources to different standards of ethical behaviors reflective of people from different cultures, academic, professional, and other experiences. Business communication students can benefit from exposure to this topic within the context of challenges faced by some business professionals in an environment driven by competition and, regrettably, resulting in corporate scandals. One method of exposing students to this real-world problem is examining how an academic behavior--plagiarism--can become a transferable business practice. Students need to understand that plagiarism can cause a range of consequences inclusive of whistle-blowing. This article discusses an assignment that discourages plagiarism. In this assignment, the author uses concrete and/or practical material from publicized corporate and academic scandals to help student reflect while forming abstract concepts that can be applied. This instructional strategy is designed to engage students in developing skill sets targeting the relevance of closing the "theory to practice" gap.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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