4:00 - 4:50
No More Copying: Ways to Prevent Plagiarism in Student Writing
Lanny M. Dryden
Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Japan
We've all had students turn in someone else's writing as their own,
usually from published sources. Some teachers consider it a crime, to be
punished with an "F." Others ask students to rewrite "in your own words."
Students are frequently bewildered by either response. Why, particularly
in East Asia, does plagiarism (copying without attribution) happen so often?
What can be done to prevent it in the first place?
This presentation looks at the differences in Western and Eastern epistemologies
(i.e., theories of knowledge) that may cause Asian students to fall into
a particularly Western trap. The presentation also showcases practical
classroom activities that safely guide students through the processes of
research and composition, helping them avoid inadvertent or deliberate
plagiarism. In addition, links to relevant web sites will be provided,
including one for this presentation.