Hi all from italy. Patty's message reminded me that I had to fail
a very good student's final paper because she blatantly
plagiarized. It was no mistake borne of inexperience as many
students will claim. I told her that just as the Internet makes
plagiarism easy, it makes uncovering plagiarism easy, too. Just
type in Google any sequence of words from a paper you question and
voila comes up the source! Of course students do think that if you
change the order of words they can fool you, but all of it takes
so much time, and usually they are rushed with a late paper, so
you find it, every time. I ask students to present a paper with
printouts of their sources, and cites highlighted in the original
documents as well as noted in the paper. This helps too. I ask
them to make connections (similarities and differences) among the
sites they quoted from and ask them to identify the biases in each.
It is also a good idea to give them a clear list with examples of
what plagiarizing is and isn't.
Along with writing, reading is becoming more of a problem as well.
Before glazing a couple weeks ago I gave students a handout and
told them to read and understand every word or they would be
disappointed in the results. Guess what? they were dissapointed in
the results. And these were adult students, not kids. And so it
goes. Jane usually in Brooklyn ciao