Thursday, July 17, 2008

Topic: Plagiarism

10-Second Review: Working with students as they write will do much to lessen the possibility of students’ plagiarizing.

Title: “The Scarlet P: Plagiarism, Panopticism and the Rhetoric of academic Integrity.” Sean Zwagerman. College Composition and Communication (June 2008), 676-710. A publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Summary: We need to work with students during the process of writing in order to lessen the chances that they will cheat by plagiarizing. “…the argument in favor of engaging the process rather than punishing the product….” Edward M. White: “When a writing assignment attends to the writing process, instead of only the end product, plagiarism becomes almost impossible.” p. 702.

Comment: It would appear that working with students during the process of completing a writing assignment is a basic step in preventing plagiarism. RayS.

The purpose of this blog is to share interesting ideas I have found in recent American professional publications dealing with the teaching of English at all levels, elementary, secondary and college.

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