The effectiveness of direct -instruction and student -centered teaching methods on students' functional understanding of plagiarism

Richard J. Moniz, Florida International University

Abstract

In an attempt to improve students' functional understanding of plagiarism a variety of approaches were tried within the context of a more comprehensive information literacy program. Sessions were taught as a one hour "module" inside a required communications skills class at a small private university. Approaches taken included control sessions (a straightforward PowerPoint presentation of the material), direct instruction sessions (featuring mostly direct lecture but with some seatwork as well), and student-centered sessions (utilizing role playing and group exercises). Students were taught basic content and definitions regarding plagiarism, what circumstances or instances constitute plagiarism, where to go for help in avoiding plagiarism, and what constitutes appropriate paraphrasing and citation. Pre-test and post-test scores determined students' functional understanding primarily by their ability to recognize properly and improperly paraphrased text, content understanding by their combined total score on a multiple choice quiz, and their attitude and conceptual understanding by their ability to recognize circumstances which would constitute plagiarism. While students improved across all methods the study was unable to identify one that performed significantly better than the others. The results supported the need for more education with regard to plagiarism and suggested a need for perhaps more time on task and/or a mixed approach towards conveying the content.^

Subject Area

Education, Curriculum and Instruction|Education, Higher

Recommended Citation

Moniz, Richard J., "The effectiveness of direct -instruction and student -centered teaching methods on students' functional understanding of plagiarism" (2007). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. AAI3268657.
http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/dissertations/AAI3268657

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