From Copy-and-Paste to Trace-and-Learn: A Qualitative Survey of Student Perceptions of Plagiarism

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    This paper presents an investigation of both Danish and international second-semester BA-students' perceptions of the problem of plagiarism. Surprisingly, the investigation proves that the students unanimously perceive plagiarism as directly copying other people's texts or entire works. Some of them even use the term ‹copy-and-paste› to illustrate this, suggesting that their perception is closely linked to their use of the internet. This generally one-dimensional perception calls for immediate repair work in the teaching of English academic writing in International Study Programmes at Roskilde University
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalZeitschrift Schreiben
    Pages (from-to)1-7
    Number of pages7
    Publication statusPublished - 11 Sep 2009


    • English for Academic Purposes
    • Plagiarism
    • academic writing
    • interntionalisation

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