ERIC Number: EJ1046074
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Skills Training to Avoid Inadvertent Plagiarism: Results from a Randomised Control Study
Newton, Fiona J.; Wright, Jill D.; Newton, Joshua D.
Higher Education Research and Development, v33 n6 p1180-1193 2014
Plagiarism continues to be a concern within academic institutions. The current study utilised a randomised control trial of 137 new entry tertiary students to assess the efficacy of a scalable short training session on paraphrasing, patch writing and plagiarism. The results indicate that the training significantly enhanced students' overall knowledge about in-text referencing protocols. Importantly, this knowledge was found to translate into applied skills, with the intervention group performing significantly better in a practical skills application task. Moreover, the findings suggest that it is confidence in writing in English, not language background per se, which plays a significant role in students' practical skills in referencing and their confidence in performing assignment preparation tasks that can help them avoid claims of inadvertent plagiarism.
Descriptors: Plagiarism, Skill Development, Postsecondary Education, College Students, Citations (References), Intervention, Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Writing Skills, Training Methods, Self Efficacy, Beliefs, Knowledge Level, Language Skills, Regression (Statistics), Information Skills, Information Literacy, Foreign Countries, Business Administration Education, Economics Education, Student Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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