The headlines say it all: more and more students are cheating, at school and at university. Are they? Or are we more aware of the problems, and therefore more alert and “catching” more?
We all know what plagiarism is, don’t we? Except that studies and tests show that, faced with the same piece of writing, many teachers accept it as authentic and others think it plagiarised. We are not all on the same page.
Turnitin and other plagiarism detectors solve the problem, don’t they? Except that they don’t detect plagiarism, they are far from infallible, and some of them are downright dangerous!
We can’t stop cheating, can we, it’s in the culture? We probably can’t – but we CAN change school culture, we can keep the middle 60%* on the right track, and we can reduce the need and the opportunities for the 20% who may be as likely to cheat as not. . We can certainly eliminate accidental and unintentional plagiarism.
I offer Academic Honesty workshops and presentations which are informative, practical, empowering – and fun! They stick.
For teachers. For students. For parents too.
Two-day, one-day and half-day worshops, single sessions too, tailored to your needs.
Get in touch, let’s talk!
* Teddi Fishman, “Achieving what we can: editorial,” Ethos, January 2013, 1.
Workshops and presentations include (click on the marked titles for more details)Honesty honestly - an alternative approach to academic honesty
Research studies and experience suggest that many students just do not understand citation and referencing. They seem to know the rules, yet they still make mistakes, sometimes with heavy consequences.
For those who do understand, there is no problem. For those who understand what is expected by way of good practice, the main difficulty may be understanding the understandings of those who do not understand, those who do not mean to cheat but who still break “the rules.”
In this paper, I investigate sources of confusion, and possible disconnects between those who teach citation and referencing and those who learn and use these techniques. The study includes a series of surveys of librarians, teachers and students. The paper includes a number of strategies and techniques to promote better understanding and better practice. Professional paper presented at the Annual International IASL Conference in Maastricht, June 2015.
The honourable delegate: academic honesty in the MUN setting (and beyond...).
Using other people's work, without stress and without tears.
Most cheating is clear-cut: students (and teachers) know they are doing something wrong, something which will give them unfair advantage over others, or which unfairly disadvantages others. This includes deliberate plagiarism.
Experience backed by anecdotal and research evidence suggests that many students (and teachers) come a cropper when using other people’s work. It is not that they intend to cheat, it’s that they make mistakes, mistakes which, despite lack of intent, can have devastating consequences in terms of marks, grades, assessments, reputations. So often, they know but they don’t know, they know but they don’t understand, they think they know so they do not bother to learn.
What is worse: accidental, unintentional plagiarism is far more common than is deliberate plagiarism, but the consequences are just as heavy, just as serious.
In this session, we demystify the requirements of referencing and citation, and demonstrate and discuss approaches which work. We also give opportunity for participants to check what they have always wanted to know, but were too frightened to ask (there being NO dumb questions). (Workshop/ presentation at the 7th triennial ECIS librarians’ conference, Waterloo, Belgium, 2014.)
Honesty honestly - a positive approach to academic honesty
In this session, we look at and share positive approaches to promoting academically acceptable behaviour and practice, from the earliest years through to year 12. (ECIS November Conference, Nice, 2012)
Changing Attitudes : Getting from Plagiarism and Punishment to Positive Practice.
(This session was first presented at the 2009 ECIS November Conference, and delivered as a lecture by VoiceThread to the International School of London, Qatar.
It developed into a Professional Paper presented at the 4th International Plagiarism Conference in Newcastle, June 2010.)
Copyright, copyleft, copyfree a journey through the copyright maze (with Ahu Özkarahan).
In this session with Ahu Özkarahan at the 2008 Autumn Teachers’ Conference in Istanbul, and at the ECIS November Conference 2008 in Nice, we investigate these thoughts
(The presentation was first made at the 2006 Autumn Teachers’ Conference. Later and revised versions of this workshop have been presented at the ECIS November Conference 2006, the School Library Association Training Weekend June 2007, and the IB AEM Summer Workshops for Librarians New to the Diploma Programme in July 2007.)
Plagiarism : keeping up with the cheats / Plagiarism : beating the cheats.
These presentations evolved over time and according to audience. They were presented at School Library Association Training Weekend, University of Cardiff, June 2001, and the CEESA Conference in Istanbul, March 2001; at the ECIS Annual Conference, Den Haag, November 2001, and at the Autumn Teachers’ Conference, MEF Schools, Istanbul, October 2000.
Honesty Honestly – a workshop on academic honesty and academic integrity. (one-day workshop, audience of librarians from school, university, public and private sectors, University College London-Qatar, Doha, Qatar.
Honesty, honestly (two-day workshop, in-service for teachers and for students), American School of Doha, Qatar.
Honesty, honestly (two-day workshop, in-service for teachers and for students), Qatar Academy, Doha, Qatar.
ECIS Pre-Conference Institute (full one-day workshop), Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Ibicus IB DP Academic Honesty Workshop (2.5 days), Manchester, UK.
Tarsus American College, (0.5 days) Tarsus, Turkey.
Published works include:
“Quis custodiet: investigating the investigators” in The School Librarian, 49 (4), Winter 2001. Print.
“Trust or Trussed? Has Turnitin.com Got It All Wrapped Up?” published in Teacher Librarian 30 (4), April 2003. Print/Web.
This no longer available on the Teacher Librarian web site, but is accessed here through the Internet Archive.
“Plagiarism: wheat and chaff” in Access, 17 (3), August 2003. Print.
“Changing Attitudes: from Plagiarism and Punishment to Positive Practice.” Paper presented at the 4th International Plagiarism Conference, Newcastle, June 2010. The abstract, paper, and slides are all available.
Credit where it’s due: the school library preventing plagiarism. Published 2011 by and available from the School Library Association.
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