Plagiarism can be an issue in today's world
I was, you might say, amazed at the level of writing ability - or rather the lack thereof - among my master's degree students last semester.
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#1 Apr 27, 2012
whats happened to education
#3 Apr 27, 2012
Turnitin software is actually quite irritating. As it has built up a considerable database of recorded student works the probability that anything you type is likely to be a copy of somebody else's.
Secondly by re-wording other research there is a danger you change the context/meaning/perspective. I don;t see why you can't just insert the direct quote and make it clear they are extracts?
#4 Apr 27, 2012
The English language is fairly forgiving but you're right, there's only so many ways you can form a sentence before it loses its meaning or context.
The only thing that matters is that students intuitively understand what they have researched and written, everything else is trivial. Perhaps a more comprehensive method needs to be developed for students to demonstrate this?
As long as degrees are held in such a high esteem in professions and there is pressure to do well there will always be a problem with plagiarism and no anti-plagiarism software is going to solve it.
That's the downside of competition: you'll always get people cutting corners when they feel the ends definitely justify the means and there is a massive amount at stake.
One of the reasons why I'm not in favour of a dog-eat-dog education system, the brilliant ought to be encouraged regardless of the opportunities they inherit or don't inherit from their parents.
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