Using Turnitin to support students' understanding of textual borrowing in academic writing: A case study

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Abstract

Concerns about plagiarism are salient for the academic writing of second language (L2) writers of English, who face several challenges while learning academic discourse and proper citation conventions. Effective instruction is crucial in helping them learn to avoid plagiarism and borrow from sources appropriately. In this chapter, the authors present a case study of an English as a Second Language (ESL) composition class at a Midwestern university in the United States. This study is framed by a social view of learning that draws from Lave and Wenger's (1991) notion of a community of practice. Data included weekly classroom observations, interviews at the beginning, middle, and end of the 10-week academic term, surveys, and student participants' online blogs. Findings illustrate how Turnitin, an Internet-based matched-text detection program, was used to support academic writing instruction and help socialize learners into an American academic discourse community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEngaging Language Learners through Technology Integration
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Applications, and Outcomes
PublisherIGI Global
Pages44-71
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781466661752
ISBN (Print)1466661747, 9781466661745
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StatePublished - Jun 30 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Kostka, I., & Ebsworth, M. E. (2014). Using Turnitin to support students' understanding of textual borrowing in academic writing: A case study. In Engaging Language Learners through Technology Integration: Theory, Applications, and Outcomes (pp. 44-71). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-6174-5.ch003