JANUARY 2014 SEMESTER
RESEARCH METHODS IN EDUCATION
MASTER OF EDUCATION
This Guide explains the basis on which you will be assessed in this course during the semester. It contains details of the facilitator-marked assignment.
One element in the assessment strategy of the course is that all students should have the same information as facilitators about the Assignment. This guide also contains the marking criteria that facilitators will use in assessing your work.
Please read through the whole guide at the beginning of the course. Academic Writing
i) What is Plagiarism?
Any written assignment (essays, project, take-home exams, etc) submitted by a student must not be deceptive regarding the abilities, knowledge, or amount of work contributed by the student. There are many ways that this rule can be violated. Among them are: o Paraphrases: The student paraphrases a closely reasoned argument of an author without acknowledging that he or she has done so. (Clearly, all our knowledge is derived from somewhere, but detailed arguments from clearly identifiable sources must be acknowledged.)
o Outright plagiarism: Large sections of the paper are simply copied from other sources, and are not acknowledged as quotations.
o Other sources: often include essays written by other students or sold by unscrupulous organizations. Quoting from such papers is perfectly legitimate if quotation marks are used and the source is cited.
o Works by others: Taking credit deliberately or not deliberately for works produced by another without giving proper acknowledgement. Works includes photographs, charts, graphs, drawings, statistics, video-clips, audio-clips, verbal exchanges such as interviews or lectures, performances on television and texts printed on the web. o The student submits the same essay to two or more courses. ii) How can I avoid Plagiarism?
o Insert quotation marks around ‘copy and paste’ clause, phrase, sentence, paragraph and cite the original source
o Paraphrase clause, phrase, sentence or paragraph in your own words and cite your source
o Adhere to the APA (American Psychological Association) stylistic format, whichever applicable, when citing a source and when writing out the bibliography or reference page
o Attempt to write independently without being overly dependent of information from another’s original works
o Educate yourself on what may be considered as common knowledge (no copyright necessary), public domain (copyright has expired or not protected under copyright law), or copyright (legally protected).
b) Documenting Sources
Whenever you quote, paraphrase, summarize, or otherwise refer to the work of another, you are required to cite its source parenthetical documentation. Offered here are some of the most commonly cited forms of material.
Simply having a thinking skill is no assurance that children will use it. In order for such skills to become part of day-to-day behaviour, they must be cultivated in an environment that value and sustains them. “Just as children’s musical skills will likely lay fallow in an environment that doesn’t encourage music, learner’s thinking skills tend to languish in a culture that doesn’t encourage thinking” (Tishman, Perkins and Jay, 1995, p.5)
According to Wurman (1988), the new disease of the 21st century will be information anxiety, which has been defined as the ever-widening gap between what one understands and what one thinks one should understand. c) Referencing
All sources that you cite in your paper should be listed in the Reference section at the end of your paper. Here’s how you should do your Reference. From a Journal
DuFour, R. (2002). The learning-centred principal: Educational Leadership, 59(8). 12-15.
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