Newspaper: Example of alleged plagiarism by SIU president

Saturday, September 1, 2007

The Daily Egyptian, the student newspaper at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, has reported that SIU President Glenn Poshard's 1984 doctoral dissertation had portions either not attributed to their original sources or not put in quotation marks to show they weren't Poshard's writing. An example cited by the newspaper:--From Poshard's dissertation, page 39:

"A problem which further confounds the issue is the wide range of differences that exist among school districts themselves. For some schools, the addition of programs for the gifted is simply an extension of an already existing rationale and set of provisions for able students. In other schools, a modest innovation in content or teaching method represents a major change which stands in conflict with traditions and practices."

--From "Instructional Climate in Illinois Gifted Classes," by Steele, House, Kerins and Lapin, page 2:

"Another problem which further confounds the issue is the wide range of differences that exist among school districts themselves. For some schools the addition of programs for the gifted is simply an extension of an already existing rationale and set of provisions for able students. In other schools a modest innovation in content or teaching method represents a major change which stands in conflict with the traditions and practices of most teachers in the district."

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