No teacher enjoys second guessing a studetnt’s integrity. That child who has failed to submit work often or doesn’t work in front of us. The one who submits a paper that seems just a little too good. The pit in our stomachs when we place any given quote into Google only to find several documents that been mercilessly stolen from and passed off as original.
I’ve had to staple printed internet sources to projects and/or papers, whole sections highlighted and confront students about their work. Aside from feeling disappointed, hurt or betrayed that the student has not sought my help or angry because he/she believed they’d get away with it, I have to ask myself what I did to prevent it or encourage it.
Cutting and pasting is just too easy with the availability of excellent resources online. It was harder when we were kids; we had to copy directly from a book, whole pieces of information that may have been harder to detect. The temptation, however, to avoid thinking for ourselves has never changed; plagiarism palpably seduces students: control c + control v makes a challenging assignment appear simple.
Teachers have quite a task helping students understand what plagiarism is, why it shouldn’t be done and how to avoid it.
Too often we mention it, but never really explain what it is and more importantly how to NOT do it. Read more »