To see or not to see

Katalin Doró
2016 EduLingua  
Maintaining and promoting academic integrity is of great concern in higher education. While some forms of textual borrowing are easily detectable even without text-matching software packages, assignments and manuscripts with an unacceptable level of copying do slip through at various levels of academic life. This paper looks at the markers of plagiarized texts identified by instructors at six higher education institutes in Central and Eastern Europe. It investigates what they perceive to be the
more » ... perceive to be the reasons behind and indicators of plagiarism and how they indentify textual borrowing in a student text given to them for evaluation. The results suggest that while instructors are well aware of the most common signs of patchwritten student papers, they often do not recognize or consider a piece of writing plagiarized and give markedly different evaluations for it. Possible reasons for this are discussed along with the implications of the results for academic writing instruction, evaluation and policy making.
doi:10.14232/edulingua.2016.1.2 fatcat:2av6jowfhngeljxfv4w45neu34