Student Cheating and Plagiarism in the Internet Era: A Wake-Up Call

Student Cheating and Plagiarism in the Internet Era: A Wake-Up Call

Student Cheating and Plagiarism in the Internet Era: A Wake-Up Call

Student Cheating and Plagiarism in the Internet Era: A Wake-Up Call

Synopsis

Put a stop to high-tech and more traditional low-tech forms of cheating and plagiarism. Also, learn to recognize the danger signs for cheating and how to identify material that has been copied. Sample policies for developing academic integrity, reproducible lessons for students and faculty, and lists of helpful online and print resources are included. A must-read for concerned educators, administrators, and parents.

Excerpt

Polonius, in Shakespeare's Hamlet

A Word to Our Readers â€Ĥ

We have written this book with the belief that each person who reads it can and will help to reverse the steady increase in student cheating and plagiarism.

Again and again, students who are being interviewed say their teachers don't care about cheating. They say their parents don't know whether or not they cheat and many add that their parents wouldn't care about the cheating if they did know.

Teachers and parents, tell your students and your children that you care. Help them to understand they are lying when they turn in a test or homework with their name on it if it is not their own work. They are thieves when they steal work done by someone else. You can teach them that each of us makes a difference when we choose honesty instead of lying and stealing, and integrity instead of cheating and plagiarizing.

Scope and Content of the Book

The book is organized as a practical guide for educators and parents who want to reduce cheating and plagiarizing. Helpful ideas and strategies to counter both high-tech and more traditional "low-tech" cheating and plagiarism in K–12 schools come from dozens of authors and educators. References to online and print resources can be useful at home and in the classroom. The articles that follow many of the chapters were selected to extend the discussions, perhaps from a different perspective, or to summarize the chapter. As you read, identify those ideas that will work best for you.

We know that plagiarism actually is one form of cheating but we have chosen to treat it here as a separate issue. New "paper mills" on the Internet and other electronic sources make it so easy for students to copy a report or term paper that plagiarism warrants this special attention.

Two serious types of cheating problems are beyond the scope of this book: (1) cheating by students on standardized tests administered nationally, and (2) dishonesty by administrators or teachers who promote or allow cheating on standardized tests, or report false test data to improve the ratings of their schools or districts. Also, although we discuss the Internet as an easily accessible source for plagiarism, we do not address the issues involved in helping students learn to assess the accuracy and authenticity of online information.

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