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Detecting contract cheating in essay and report submissions: process, patterns, clues and conversations

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Abstract


  • Detecting contract cheating in written submissions can be difficult beyond direct

    plagiarism detectable via technology. Successfully identifying potential cases of

    contract cheating in written work such as essays and reports is largely dependent on

    the experience of assessors and knowledge of student. It is further dependent on

    their familiarity with the patterns and clues evident in sections of body text and

    reference materials to identify irregularities. Consequently, some knowledge of what

    the patterns and clues look like is required. This paper documents how to identify

    some of the patterns and clues observed in essay and report submissions. Effective

    assessment design with specific contextual requirements make irregularities easier to

    detect and interpret. The irregularities identified were confirmed as instances of

    contract cheating through conversations held with postgraduate students. An

    essential element of the conversations was the evidence presented for discussion.

    Irregularities were noted on a pro-forma specifically developed for this purpose.

    Patterns identified include misrepresented bibliographic data, inappropriate

    references, irrelevant material and generalised text that did not address the

    assessment question or grading criteria. The validated patterns formed the basis of

    identifying potential instances of contract cheating in later submissions. Timely

    conversations with students before the end of semester are essential to determining

    whether the patterns and clues link to poor knowledge of academic writing

    conventions or classified as contract cheating necessitating the application of

    appropriate penalties under institutional policies and procedures.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Rogerson, A. M. (2017). Detecting contract cheating in essay and report submissions: process, patterns, clues and conversations. International Journal for Educational Integrity, 13 (10), 1-17.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85048309296

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2344&context=buspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/1331

Number Of Pages


  • 16

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 17

Volume


  • 13

Issue


  • 10

Place Of Publication


  • Germany

Abstract


  • Detecting contract cheating in written submissions can be difficult beyond direct

    plagiarism detectable via technology. Successfully identifying potential cases of

    contract cheating in written work such as essays and reports is largely dependent on

    the experience of assessors and knowledge of student. It is further dependent on

    their familiarity with the patterns and clues evident in sections of body text and

    reference materials to identify irregularities. Consequently, some knowledge of what

    the patterns and clues look like is required. This paper documents how to identify

    some of the patterns and clues observed in essay and report submissions. Effective

    assessment design with specific contextual requirements make irregularities easier to

    detect and interpret. The irregularities identified were confirmed as instances of

    contract cheating through conversations held with postgraduate students. An

    essential element of the conversations was the evidence presented for discussion.

    Irregularities were noted on a pro-forma specifically developed for this purpose.

    Patterns identified include misrepresented bibliographic data, inappropriate

    references, irrelevant material and generalised text that did not address the

    assessment question or grading criteria. The validated patterns formed the basis of

    identifying potential instances of contract cheating in later submissions. Timely

    conversations with students before the end of semester are essential to determining

    whether the patterns and clues link to poor knowledge of academic writing

    conventions or classified as contract cheating necessitating the application of

    appropriate penalties under institutional policies and procedures.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Rogerson, A. M. (2017). Detecting contract cheating in essay and report submissions: process, patterns, clues and conversations. International Journal for Educational Integrity, 13 (10), 1-17.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85048309296

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2344&context=buspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/1331

Number Of Pages


  • 16

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 17

Volume


  • 13

Issue


  • 10

Place Of Publication


  • Germany