Higher education is regarded as the most prestigious thing one can have in the society.
It has been argued that education is the key and only to it can the society attain social, economic, and political equality. It enlightens us to become responsible people in the community through contributing to economic and social progress. But, what is the worth of education when most students attain their academic achievement through dishonest means? This leads us to one of the most pressing issues that have been debated over the years, “plagiarism.
” Several researchers have pointed out that the problem of plagiarism has cut through our education system which has entirely diminished the integrity of education (Sousa et al., 2016). Students can no longer produce their original work but depend on works of others from the internet or even from friends.
As such, the taste of education has significantly been diluted. Today, studies have indicated that plagiarism and other types of academic frauds have been on the rise a situation that has alarmed many academic experts. According to Ocholla & Ocholla (2016), over 50% of the student’s research papers and essay in most universities are at one time plagiarized. Yadav et al. (2016) argued that almost all students in colleges have been a victim of plagiarism due to several reasons such as carelessness or improper citation and references. Most students do not take this issue seriously despite many higher learning institutions establishing policies that prevent and detect plagiarism.
Indeed, plagiarism has turned out to be a pressing issue in today’s education, therefore needs urgent redress from all relevant stakeholders in education. Besides, this study aims to present research on the subject of plagiarism through looking at its impacts on the academic system as well as how this problem can be fixed. The paper will also utilize several research materials to back up the arguments. The research will begin by looking at the definition of plagiarism and identify how it is a problem, then look at its implications and how it can be handled. The term plagiarism has been in education as well as the media sector for a long time.
However, there is no universally accepted definition of this term since several scholars define it from different perspectives. Howard (2016) describes plagiarism as all forms of academic fraud involving cheating or intentionally copying someone’s work without giving them credit. It entails illegally borrowing the ideas of someone or people without recognizing them. Moreover, there are several types of plagiarism. Some are obvious. For example, misrepresenting someone else’s work as yours or copying sentences without citing the sources. It also involves paraphrasing information from a source without proper acknowledgment.
According to Frank (2017), the culture of cheating in higher education has become prevalent pointing out at several websites that engage in assisting students in writing their essays to avoid the plagiarism detection systems of their universities. These students pay for their articles, thus actually buying the degree. Frank argues that in the past, plagiarism had not entered the system to the extent of what is being witnessed today.
At around 2004, this problem became severe, and a lot of plagiarism cases were seen in the coursework of many students in the social science field. Additionally, Frank points out that the academia is also to be blamed for the widespread of this particular problem. They failed to identify and put necessary measures to prevent this academic menace from consuming the worth of education. Moreover, today, much blame is directed towards the middle-class students who are financially capable of buying essays from internet sources. Besides, the high cost of joining the university has also been pointed out as among the causes of increased plagiarism in higher learning institutions where students opt to look for shortcuts to succeed in their academics (Frank, 2017). As such, economic challenges were cited as the primary cause of the problem. But, things are different today, and it is the rich kids that are taking the issue to another level. Several research studies have looked at this problem from different perspectives.
Heckler & Forde (2015) stated that differences in educational cultures could also be the cause of copying among the students. For instance, there are some cultures where reproduction of someone’s work is regarded as a norm; therefore, students from such cultures are likely to see copying as the right thing. Moreover, the internet has also influenced the increase of copying and pasting practices among the students. Students can access a lot of information from various internet sources and most of them take no caution of copying and pasting. They can no longer produce their original work. In fact, most of them cheat and do not feel like they have done anything wrong. Since this issue has become a big problem in the education sector due to the numerous consequences that it results in regarding the integrity of education, it is prudent looking at its implications in the education field.