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Positions and Practice (PHO710) - Authorship and Collaboration

Updated: Dec 13, 2021

This weeks work was to collaborate on a theme with peers. Initially, I was apprehensive. I have never really enjoyed collaborating but it turned out to be a fantastic experience. I hope to collaborate more in the future as a result.

Collaboration in my view is people working together to produce a result. Each participant is willing and contributing whereas I see plagiarism as theft. Plagiarism is multiple contributors but with at least one of those contributors not being willing or not being aware that they have directly collaborated with another person and not being credited for their work and participation.

“Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work or ideas as your own, with or without their consent, by incorporating it into your work without full acknowledgement. All published and unpublished material, whether in manuscript, printed or electronic form, is covered under this definition. Plagiarism may be intentional or reckless, or unintentional. Under the regulations for examinations, intentional or reckless plagiarism is a disciplinary offence.” – Oxford University 2021

“Plagiarism is essentially theft and fraud committed simultaneously. It is considered theft because the writer takes ideas from a source without giving proper credit to the author. It is considered fraud because the writer represents the ideas as her or his own.” – Prof Ken Moffett 2014

Theme: Identity

Identity is an important theme but I see this coming up far too often and I started to think that maybe it's becoming somewhat of a cliché theme; like an easy route almost.

The task got me thinking, what haven't I seen done with 'Identity'? The main things that come up time and time again are topics like; gender, sexuality, race, etc. I wanted to go for something else.

Identity is what makes us and that happens long before we're born, its in our history.

Identity develops as we grow, and make decisions, we're directly influenced by our family, social circles, careers. This has opened up more than the usual clichés I see, it's becoming a theme I want to explore in depth at some point.

Idea - Ask a person what they think is important about their identity. On the spot; try to take a photo of what represents what this person says.

I chose a young lady studying at Hull University. When asked about a defining characteristic of her identity, she discussed that her choices are what makes her.

"I know when close my books, and switch off to help with my mental health" - I. Roebuck, 2021



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