Problem With Plagiarism In South Korea
South Korea’s Education system is highly respected. But there are concerns that academic dishonesty includes cases of falsified research. And in recent months, two South Korea lawmakers have faced accusations that they copied work for their doctoral dissertations. Of course, problems like these are not limited to South Korea.
In April, Hungary’s President resigned after a university withdrew his doctoral title. A committee found that most of the pages of his dissertation on the modern Olympics “Were either direct translations or showed partial similarity to other works.”
Mr. Kim is a graduate student at Korea University who asked to be identified only by his family name. He attended schools in the United States and says Americans seemed to understand that claiming other people’s work as their own is wrong. He says Koreans may not yet have a well-established understanding of plagiarism and whether plagiarism is acceptable or not.
A VOA reporter asked South Korea’s education minister, Lee Ju-ho, how seriously he takes the problem. Mr. Lee said the problem is not as bad as it use to be but still, he says he wants to put more effort into eliminating plagiarism. Mr. Kim, the graduate student, says current efforts to educate college students about plagiarism are not very effective.
But he say British and American professors who teach at South Korean colleges are helping to fight the problem. For example, he says one professor at his graduate school found his student plagiarizing and automatically gave that student a zero. Lee In-jae is a professor of ethics education at Seoul National University of Education.
He says the training should takes place in elementary school. He says children should learn that copying their classmates” home work or not identifying their sources of information is wrong. If they understand that , he says then they will be able to write honest papers in life.
Michael Neil Shapiro, a Canadian, taught at seven different South Korean universities. “In Korea,” he says, “There are both ancient and modern reasons for thinking that it’s ok to use other’s people’s ideals without giving specific credit.” But, East or West, he says, one reason for plagiarism is the same: “intellectual laziness” and the hope not to be discovered.
So in other words kiddies, copycats are a dyingbreed LOL live and let live in the classroom and for the research…
Till then stay clam, cool, collective, knowing that the only thing that keeps you form making a difference in life is yourself strive for the best!
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