Plagiarism as a science

Courtesy of EducationNews.Org, we learn that TurnItIn.com issued a report recently about plagiarism.

The most interesting thing about the report is its taxonomy of plagiarism — ten tidy little categories that neatly lay out various ways that students academically misbehave.  We’re told which are the most common and which are of the most concern to educators.

The conclusion of the report is a little underwhelming — teachers should be clear about their academic standards — but the taxonomy is a neat way of thinking about the issue.

It’s not the only way, of course, and it’s a little cartoonish, but if you’re not going to sit down and do semi-rigorous conceptual analysis of academic dishonesty, it’s a great place to start.