Critical Analysis:" Winning Hearts and Minds in War on Plagiarism"

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"Winning Hearts and Minds in War on Plagiarism" written by Scott Jaschik opens with the this statement, "It's come down to this: Writing professors are so desperate for new ways to teach undergraduates about academic integrity that they are assigning them to plagiarize "(Jaschik 92). Jaschik's essay begins with the experience of first year writing professor Kate Hagopian. In hopes of teaching the students a lesson which would have lasting results, Professor Hagopian asks her classes to deliberately plagiarize an assignment. In the essay, Jaschick discusses Hagopian's method as wells as other methods to control plagiarism. The information for the essay is gathered while Jaschik attends a meeting of the Conference of College Composition and Communication. Various seminars are given discussing methods to combat plagiarism, the different types of plagiarism and the ways in which to deter its use through further instruction or punishment. The input of the students and their reactions to plagiarism both deliberate and unintentional are included in the essay. " Winning Hearts and Minds in War on Plagiarism" is written in the theme element. Plagiarism is the subject of this essay. However, the message in the theme is plagiarism in college is a complex problem with various causes. The ultimate solution lies in educating the writer rather than simply punishing them.
Scott Jaschik captured the varying feelings of several college professors. Those professors teaching first year students were especially aware of the challenges they faced in the battle with plagiarism. Some educators said they felt "betrayed" by students that turned in writing that was copied from another source (Jaschik 92). Most professors felt using software programs for...

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...r own. This concept of a "Restorative Justice" creates a truly penitent person. It focuses on the changing of behavior not just as Zink says, "punishment for the sake of punishment"(95).
"Winning Hearts and Minds in War on Plagiarism" discusses an issue that has challenged educators and students alike for many years. The theme of this essay tackles the best ways to change the patterns of plagiarism and answer the question of what to do with someone caught in the web of plagiarism. The solution proposed in this essay is to change the mindset of the writer placing emphasis on the reasons why proper citing and credit are important.

Works Cited

Jaschik Scott "Winning Hearts and Minds in War on Plagiarism" English Composition 2 Writing about Your World: Global Sociocultural Awareness. By Francis Amani and Francis Rawlslyn. : FSCJ Sirius Publications 2011, pgs 92-96
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