A beginner’s guide to avoiding plagiarism strikes a chord
For written academic assignments we want learners to write creatively, address the issues, use the language correctly, and avoid plagiarism.
Noticing that there was no concise, easy-to-follow resource available in Aotearoa, New Zealand experienced adult educator Dr Deb Hill set about creating her own. Her aim was to develop a plain English, practical resource to help tertiary learners - particularly those at foundation and undergraduate levels - to stick to the conventions around plagiarism and avoid common pitfalls.
The resulting booklet, titled A beginner's guide to plagiarism - what is plagiarism and how can you avoid it?, was written with assistance from Gail Harrison, Director of the Whanganui Learning Centre and Hemi Hireme from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.
While the booklet is designed to meet the writing needs of learners, it is already proving a valuable resource for educators too. Deb told Central Hub Regional Manager Ian Rowe recently:
"This production struck a chord with everyone we shared the work with and it has been particularly welcomed among various iwi groups who are either studying themselves, as part of their own professional development, or who are working with students."
Everything learners should know to avoid plagiarism
This small booklet manages to address everything a learner needs to know about plagiarism, in a punchy, visual way that is engaging and easy to follow. Deb was determined to steer away from dense, academic language and over-theorising. The booklet covers the common pitfalls that learners face when writing assignments using visual elements throughout to illustrate the key messages. These are delivered in a very conversational, friendly style with humourous asides, hints about citations and a brief reference section - all presented in a way that does not bog the reader down.
A beginners’ guide to plagiarism:
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Dr Hill completed the project with funding from Ako Aotearoa's Central Hub through the Regional Hub Project Fund.