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My Word!: Plagiarism and College Culture

reviewed by Tim S. Roberts - January 11, 2010

coverTitle: My Word!: Plagiarism and College Culture
Author(s): Susan D. Blum
Publisher: Cornell University Press, Ithaca
ISBN: 0801447631, Pages: 229, Year: 2009
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In her book, Susan Blum suggests that the real problem of academic dishonesty arises primarily from a lack of communication between two distinct cultures within the university setting. On one hand, professors and administrators regard plagiarism as a serious academic crime, an ethical transgression, even a sin against an ethos of individualism and originality. Students, on the other hand, revel in sharing, in multiplicity, in accomplishment at any cost. Many researchers and practitioners adopt what might be perceived to be moral solutions, in the belief that the problem can be cured or at least, greatly reduced by the implementation of honor codes, or the teaching of ethical behavior, or both. Before going into more detail, however, I must confess both of the above two paragraphs are blatant examples of plagiarism. The first comes from the flyleaf of Blums own book, and I have quoted it just about word for... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 11, 2010
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15894, Date Accessed: 9/25/2021 5:24:00 PM

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  • Tim Roberts
    CQUniversity Australia
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    TIM S. ROBERTS is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing Sciences at CQUniversity Australia. He has had some 30 articles published on aspects of flexible, online, and collaborative learning in conferences proceedings and journals, and has edited four books including Student Plagiarism in an Online World: Problems and Solutions, Idea Group Reference, Hershey, Pennsylvania, ISBN 978-1-59904-801-7.
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