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Thursday, June 16 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Reframing Plagiarism: Problems of Virtue and Vice for International Students

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While many students wrestle with the temptation to plagiarize, plagiarism itself can be a challenging concept for foreign students. Because conceptions of intellectual property are culturally dependent, framing discussion of plagiarism in terms of intellectual honesty and academic integrity may not be the best approach with international students.

ACRL’s new Framework for Information Literacy acknowledges the diverse value of information, noting that “intellectual property is a legal and social construct that varies by culture.” As instruction librarians work to empower international students with information ethics, it’s crucial that we make room for cultural and values diversity by reframing our thinking about plagiarism. When “avoiding cheating” is reframed as “learning different rules for a new game,” values-dissonance is avoided while desired outcomes are more easily achieved. And from a theological perspective, problematizing our assumptions about information ethics for the sake of foreign students is an act of hospitality.

At the ATLA 2016 Conference, I’d like to present plagiarism as a complicated issue for international students; I’d like to share how librarians at Oklahoma Christian University are helping educate faculty and administration regarding the issue and demonstrate how we’re empowering foreign students for better success by reframing Western notions of plagiarism in light of the new ACRL framework.


Thursday June 16, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
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