Three reasons people do it:
- Ignorance (they don’t know what it is)
- Fear of failure
To solve the problem:
- Teach them what plagiarism is
- Teach them how to write so they are confident, including invention, which cuts plagiarism off at the knees
- Give them hope
And through it all, hold them accountable, but don’t assume they are any more evil than you are.
Thanks to the CiRCE apprentices for these ideas.