2016

Plagiarism awareness amongst N6 Students at a TVET College

Russell Chisango (False Bay College Muizenberg)

Scholarly and academic work is premised upon principles of ethics and integrity where new ideas may be propounded based upon referral to previous schools of thoughts and the reconfirmation of previous ideas.   TVET colleges are centers of knowledge creation established to produce high quality graduates with high standards of ethics and professionalism. The proliferation of information and rapid rise in student enrollments at TVET colleges has instigated a lot of discussions around issues of plagiarism at universities and colleges. 

 

Nowadays the information and communication technologies are widely used for information processing not only in business but in education. The new world order, characterized by the abundance and ready availability of digital information through computer networks, means that information has become ubiquitous and therefore can be obtained at any time and in any location no matter the distance as long as the necessary infrastructure and the skills to retrieve information from global networks are readily available Acts of plagiarism are characterized as unacceptable behavior in legal acts and as well as in institutional policies at institutions of higher learning. This study aims at exploring and examining the levels of awareness of plagiarism amongst students at a TVET college and the existence of policies that govern plagiarism issues at the college. Plagiarism is the intentional and unintentional use of another’s work or ideas, published and unpublished, without acknowledging the source of the work.

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