The Illusory Dichotomy of Plagiarism

Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2015, DOI:10.1080/02602938.2015.1053428

UTS: Law Research Paper No. 2015/10

24 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2015 Last revised: 11 Aug 2015

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Anita Stuhmcke

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law

Tracey Booth

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law

Jane M. Wangmann

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law

Date Written: July 17, 2015

Abstract

Plagiarism has been characterised as a ‘major problem’ for universities. While tensions between students and universities are inevitable, the problem with the existing system of plagiarism management and prevention is that it operates to problematise the relationship between the university and the student, rather than address the core academic issues. As a result, a dichotomy is created where the student interest is constructed as adverse to that of the institution. This article argues that de-dichotomisation of the current polarity of plagiarism will open space for alternative thoughtful considerations in dealing with plagiarism positively in an institutional context.

Keywords: educational development, plagiarism, university, ethics, academics

Suggested Citation

Stuhmcke, Anita and Booth, Tracey P. and Wangmann, Jane M., The Illusory Dichotomy of Plagiarism (July 17, 2015). Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2015, DOI:10.1080/02602938.2015.1053428 , UTS: Law Research Paper No. 2015/10, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2628414

Anita Stuhmcke (Contact Author)

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law ( email )

Sydney
Australia

Tracey P. Booth

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law ( email )

Sydney
Australia

Jane M. Wangmann

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law ( email )

Sydney
Australia

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