I have no idea why all these messages are coming to my mailbox instead 
of going to listserv.

In fact, that's exactly what I was trying to articulate, Theresa: I 
don't think using the term "plagiarism" for every occasion is going to 
help. I think it's important to understand what is happening in each 
particular case and why it is happening, and then work with it (or work 
to prevent it if necessary). I don't find general advice on "how to 
avoid plagiarism" helpful.


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Subject: 	Re: [Fwd: Re: Plagiarism discussed in the NCTE Newsletter]
Date: 	Fri, 18 May 2007 13:49:49 -0400
From: 	Theresa Hyland <[log in to unmask]>
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I agree, Natasha, that people who want to copy will do it for whatever 
reason. I also agree that the McDermid article was simplistic in its 
assumption that a change in marking rubric would solve the problem.  I 
don't agree that "students who want to lean don't copy for the sake of 
copying".  Imitation has always been considered to be one of the ways we 
learn.  What I feel is important is that in our classes we open up a 
discourse around issues of  copying, imitating, summarizing and critical 
commentary.  I don't feel it is necessary to bemoan the one or two 
people who don't appear to have learned anything from that discussion. I 
also prefer to keep that discussion positive (i.e. talk about 
referencing practice) rather than negative (i.e. talk about plagiarism, 
theft, etc.)   I'm not even sure that plagiarism is a term worth using 
in academia today!  Theresa.

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