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November 1, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

What is the criteria for Plagerism, Citing sources, and Academic Honesty?

Ideas are a bit gray. I think if you refer to a concept (a term of jargon and explain it–thats probably attributable to someone else)….particularly the name of an idea originator….that should be easy to cue.

In some ways enforcement isn’t as important as establishing & communicating the norm.

I think having a model of what that doesn’t look like and what looks like (i.e. the same paper with half the attributions).

But this is like my dad taught me when I first started programming…..if you spent 20+ hours writing a program….how would you feel if someone pirated that program. That application of the Golden rule really stuck with me–and made the principle somewhat tangible. It helped that he lived that principle too.

Ironically, academic freedom best functions with a shared community of norms. And thats certainly true of any community….ask Jim Collins of Good to Great, ask Stephen Covey of Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, or ask any educator in communities or most any education theorist. Whether those rules are formal, informal, or consensual (or sorry built on consensus)–they are critically important.


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