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ERIC Number: EJ955153
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1470-3297
Loss, Responsibility, Blame? Staff Discourses of Student Plagiarism
Gourlay, Lesley; Deane, Janis
Innovations in Education and Teaching International, v49 n1 p19-29 2012
Student plagiarism and difficulties with writing have been widely investigated in the literature, but there has been less research on staff perspectives. A Joint Information Services Committee (JISC)-funded questionnaire (n = 80) and focus group study investigated the views of lecturers, librarians and study advisors at a UK post-92 university, looking at their perceptions of writing and plagiarism with a focus on first year undergraduates. The data reveal that staff in different roles employed contrasting discourses surrounding academic writing, the curriculum and the locus of responsibility for development. This paper will argue that the "literacies" perspective shown by support staff leads to a more distributed view of responsibility for plagiarism prevention. In contrast, a "study skills" paradigm as shown by lecturers views writing development as extracurricular and remedial, places a symbolic moral value on plagiarism as a signifier for falling standards. Implications for practice arising from the study are discussed. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom