Nadya Yakovchuk

Dr Nadya Yakovchuk


Teaching Fellow in Higher Education
PhD, MA, MEd, BEd
+44 (0)1483 686926
03 LB 03

Academic and research departments

Department of Higher Education.

My publications

Publications

Yakovchuk, N. (2004). 'Global Issues and Values in Foreign Language Education: Issues of Selection and Awareness-raising'. ELTED Journal, Vol. 8, pp. 28-47.
Yakovchuk, N. (2005). 'An Analysis of On-line Student Plagiarism Prevention Guidelines at UK Universities'. In Smith, A. P. and F. Duggan (Eds.). Proceedings of the Plagiarism: Prevention, Practice and Policy Conference. June 28-30, 2004. Newcastle: Northumbria University Press, pp. 243-248.
Yakovchuk, N. (2006). 'Why Students Plagiarise: Developing Plagiarism Prevention Strategies Among International Students'. In Beaven, B. (Ed.). IATEFL 2006 Harrogate Conference Selections. Canterbury: IATEFL, pp. 100-102.
Yakovchuk, N. (2007). Plagiarism and International Students: An Investigation in the British Higher Education Context. PhD Thesis, University of Warwick.
Yakovchuk, N. (2008). 'Towards Understanding the Root Causes of Plagiarism Among Non-native Speaker Students'. In Krzanowski M. (Ed.). Current Developments in English for Academic, Specific and Occupational Purposes. Reading: Garnet Education, pp. 39-53.
Yakovchuk, N. (2008). 'Identifying Plagiarism in Student Academic Writing'. In Edwardes, M. (Ed.). Proceedings of the BAAL Annual Conference 2007: Technology, Ideology and Practice in Applied Linguistics. London: Scitsiugnil Press, pp.97-98.
Badge, J., Yakovchuk, N. and Scott, J. (2008). 'Academic Culture in Transition: Are Honour Codes a Viable Solution?' Proceedings of the Third International Plagiarism Conference. June 23-25, 2008.
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The continuing advancement of electronic technology poses increasing challenges for ensuring authenticity in student academic work. Along with important changes to academic practice proposed within the holistic framework of addressing plagiarism (Carroll and Appleton, 2001; Carroll, 2002), a more global change to academic culture as a whole might be overdue, a change that would safeguard student (and staff) adherence to core academic values irrespective of advances in information technology and sophistication of information handling tools. At the 2006 JISC Second International Plagiarism Conference, the focus among the academic community was clearly on moving towards a culture of academic integrity, which implies a positive representation of the ideas behind the avoidance of plagiarism, and an institution-wide emphasis on upholding these principles and promoting good academic practice. The US honour code model might provide useful pointers as to how the transition towards a culture of academic integrity can be implemented. This model seems to offer a viable alternative to more traditional top-down approaches to ensuring proper academic practice among students. So far, the research-grounded UK response to the idea of honour codes has been very limited. This paper reports on a recent cross-institutional study undertaken at the University of Leicester, whose purpose was to explore staff and student attitudes to the concept of academic integrity and the elements of the US honour code system, and to elicit participants’ views on the feasibility of applying this system in the UK setting.
Yakovchuk, N. (2008). 'Beyond Turnitin: A Pedagogical Framework for Identifying Plagiarism in Student Writing'. Proceedings of the Third International Plagiarism Conference. June 23-25, 2008.
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Effective plagiarism detection is one of the pillars of the holistic approach to addressing plagiarism. Specialised electronic detection software that can assess the degree of textual similarity of a piece of writing against a database of sources has been steadily gaining in popularity in recent years. Although electronic tools such as Turnitin UK offer wide scope of opportunity with regard to systematic screening of student work, they have built-in restrictions which do not allow them to serve as a ‘panacea’ for plagiarism identification. This paper draws on a study of plagiaristic practices of undergraduate students at the University of Warwick, UK, and presents a Plagiarism Identification Framework developed in the course of this study. The elements of the Framework are described and the results of its application to student writing are presented, with reference to the Turnitin UK output received for the same samples of student writing. The paper considers the strengths and limitations of the two procedures for identifying plagiarism and discusses pedagogical implications of the proposed Plagiarism Identification Framework for EAP and subject tutors.
Yakovchuk, N. (2008). 'Becoming a ‘Plagiarism-Conscious’ Teacher: Suggestions for Good Practice'. In Beaven, B. (Ed.). IATEFL 2008 Exeter Conference Selections. Canterbury: IATEFL, pp. 74-76.
Badge, J., Yakovchuk, N., Hancock, A. and Porter, A. (2011). 'Working Together to Reduce Plagiarism and Promote Academic Integrity: A Collaborative Initiative at Leicester'. In Little, S. (Ed.). Staff-Student Partnerships in Higher Education. Continuum, pp. 48-61.
Yakovchuk, N., Badge, J. and Scott, J. (2011). 'Moving beyond Plagiarism Detection towards a Culture of Academic Integrity. Project Report'. Journal for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (University of Leicester), Vol 2.
Yakovchuk, N., Badge, J. and Scott, J. (2011). 'Staff and Student Perspectives on the Potential of Honour Codes in the UK'. International Journal for Educational Integrity, 7(2).
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Honour code systems have been long-established in some American universities, associated with cultures of academic integrity. This study considers the perceptions of students and staff, elicited through focus groups and electronic voting, in one UK higher education institution regarding the potential for implementation of these systems in the UK. Whilst the main principles of honour codes were broadly welcomed, implementation in the UK higher education context was perceived as problematic. Although both staff and students saw educational benefits in increased student involvement in the promotion of academic integrity and good academic practice, there was a tension between staff who would like to increase the responsibilities of students and the reality of the students' seeming lack of confidence in their ability to discharge those responsibilities. The introduction of students as participants in plagiarism hearing panels and processes was tentatively supported, potentially offering a route to break down the staff-student dichotomy
Yakovchuk, N. and Ingle, J. (2013). 'Working with Departments to Develop Students’ Writing: Two Examples of Collaboration on Medical Degrees at Queen Mary, University of London'. In Wrigglesworth, J. (Ed.). EAP within the Higher Education Garden: Cross-pollination between Disciplines, Departments and Research. Proceedings of the BALEAP Conference, Portsmouth 2011. Reading: Garnet, pp. 65-74.
Bogova, M. and Yakovchuk, N. (2014). 'Simulations as a Teaching Method in Belarus'. In Brown, S. (Ed.). Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Higher Education: Global Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 84-85.
Ingle, J. and Yakovchuk, N. (2015). 'Writing Development, Co-teaching and Academic Literacies: Exploring the Connections'. In Lillis, T., Harrington, K., Lea, M. and Mitchell, S. (Eds.). Working with Academic Literacies: Research, Theory, Design. Anderson, S.C.: Parlor Press and Fort Collins, Colo.: WAC Clearing House, pp. 143-154.
Yakovchuk, N. and Morey, A. (2014). 'Setting up a Cross-disciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research at Surrey: Challenges and Opportunities'. Surrey ExciTeS, University of Surrey, UK.
Yakovchuk, N. (2018). 'Exploring the Pedagogical Potential of an Undergraduate Research Journal: The Surrey Initiative'. ALDinHE 2018: The Learning Development Conference, University of Leicester, UK.
Yakovchuk, N. (2017). 'What Gets a 1st: Staff Views on High Quality Student Writing in Different Disciplines'. European Association of Teaching Academic Writing Conference, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.
Yakovchuk, N. and Yeung, A. (2017). 'SURJ as a Collaborative ‘Learning Space’'. Surrey ExciTeS, University of Surrey, UK.
Yakovchuk, N. and Yeung, A. (2016). 'Surrey Undergraduate Research Journal (SURJ): A Collaborative Initiative for Writing Skills Development'. Writing Development in Higher Education Conference, University of Plymouth, UK.
Yakovchuk, N. (2013). 'Teaching Students about Writing from Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism: Should There Be a Differential Treatment of Native and Non-Native Speakers of English?' European Association of Teaching Academic Writing Conference, Central European University, Hungary.
Yakovchuk, N. and Mitchell, S. (2011). 'The Impact of Research-based Writing on Student Learning Experience: Issues of Evaluation'. European Association of Teaching Academic Writing Conference, University of Limerick, Ireland.
Yakovchuk, N. (2011). 'Chinese Students and Writing from Sources: Problems and Pedagogical Response'. Transnational Dialogues in HE: Responding to the Needs of the Asian Learner in Higher Education Conference, University of Portsmouth, UK.
Yakovchuk, N. (2011). 'Students and Electronic ‘Plagiarism’ Detection: Learning to ‘Play the System’?' International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language Conference, Harrogate, UK.
Yakovchuk, N. (2009). 'Originality and Plagiarism: Challenges in the Classroom'. International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language Conference, Cardiff, UK.
Yakovchuk, N. (2008). 'International Students and Plagiarism: Dangers of ‘Culturism’'. Cutting Edges: Identity in the Classroom Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.
Yakovchuk, N. (2008). 'Becoming a ‘Plagiarism-Conscious’ Teacher: Suggestions for Good Practice'. International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language Conference, University of Exeter, UK.
Yakovchuk, N. (2005). 'Combating Plagiarism: A Study of Guidelines for International Students'. International Association of Applied Linguistics World Congress, AAAL, Madison, USA.
Yakovchuk, N. (2005). 'Why Students Plagiarise: Developing Plagiarism Prevention Strategies Among International Students'. International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language Conference, Cardiff, UK.