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ERIC Number: EJ931764
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
An Ethical Dilemma: Talking about Plagiarism and Academic Integrity in the Digital Age
Thomas, Ebony Elizabeth; Sassi, Kelly
English Journal, v100 n6 p47-53 Jul 2011
Today, many students not only access the Internet through desktop and laptop computers at home or at school but also have copious amounts of information at their fingertips via portable devices (e.g., iPods, iPads, netbooks, smartphones). While some teachers welcome the proliferation of portable technologies and easy wireless Internet access, and look for ways to integrate digital literacy and writing into their classrooms, many teachers dread the prospect of dealing with more academic dishonesty in student work because of the ease with which it can be done. The ways that teachers talk about plagiarism and academic integrity in the digital age pose new challenges never seen before in the profession. The author suggests that an open, in-depth discussion about academic dishonesty may help students (and teachers) develop ethical approaches to scholarship. Real classroom talk is closely examined and suggestions for discussing plagiarism are offered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A