‘No fair, copycat!’: what children’s response to plagiarism tells us about their understanding of ideas.

@article{Olson2011NoFC,
  title={‘No fair, copycat!’: what children’s response to plagiarism tells us about their understanding of ideas.},
  author={Kristina R. Olson and Alex Shaw},
  journal={Developmental science},
  year={2011},
  volume={14 2},
  pages={431-9}
}
Adults believe that plagiarizing ideas is wrong, which requires an understanding that others can have ideas and that it is wrong to copy them. In order to test when this understanding emerges, we investigated when children begin to think plagiarism is wrong. In Study 1, children aged 7, 9 and 11 years old, as well as adults, disliked someone who plagiarized compared to someone who drew an original drawing or someone who drew an identical picture by chance. Study 2 investigated the same question… CONTINUE READING
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