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'It’s not plagiarism, it’s a bad use of power phrasing’: Assessment of home and international student (mis)understandings of citation practice

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Elaine Tan, Sarah Carnegie



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Routledge, 2022.

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This study documents the development of an assessment (a multiple-choice test with free text rationale) built into an academic skills module over a 2 year period. Initially introduced as a credit bearing assessment to promote student engagement, disappointing results in the first year prompted a further intervention in year 2 with an additional lecture and a series of online resources provided. The results of the assessment from both years were examined; firstly, to determine the success of the intervention, and secondly, the free text rationales in an attempt identify aspects of academic practice that proved difficult for students. With a diverse cohort, the opportunity to examine distinctions between home and international students was also explored. The results indicated that upon the introduction of the intervention the pass rate for the assessment increased from 56% to 80%, however a qualitative analysis of the free text student rationales highlighted persistent underlying problems.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Tan E, Carnegie S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Innovations in Education and Teaching International

Year: 2022

Volume: 59

Issue: 3

Pages: 285-295

Online publication date: 11/11/2020

Acceptance date: 23/04/2020

Date deposited: 11/11/2020

ISSN (print): 1470-3297

ISSN (electronic): 1470-3300

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/14703297.2020.1844779


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