Academic plagiarism and inappropriate source borrowing have drawn much attention in higher education in recent years. Research has shown that reasons behind students' textual transgression include lack of knowledge about plagiarism and paraphrasing, task/text difficulty, and topical familiarity. Little has been done to probe into the relationship between source text readability and paraphrasing. The study aims to explore if text readability has an influence on the extent of student writers' paraphrasing, plagiarism, and their strategy use. The participants of the study were 97 college students taking academic writing courses in Taiwan. This study employed one specially developed instrument that includes a plagiarism knowledge survey, a perception survey, and two paraphrasing tasks with low-and high-readability texts. The results showed that students tended to do more substantial paraphrasing from the high-readability text than from the low-readability text. Also, incidences of potential plagiarism such as exact copying and near copying appeared to be higher for the low- readability text than the high-readability text.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Asia-Pacific Education Researcher|
|State||Published - 25 Jul 2012|
- L2 writing