Ms Ursula McGowan

Ms Ursula McGowan
 Position PhD Candidate
 Org Unit School of Education
 Telephone +61 8 8313 4745
 Location Floor/Room 8 17 ,  Nexus 10 Building ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background


    MA (German) Adelaide

    Diploma of Education, University of Adelaide

    Graduate Diploma of Education - Multicultural Education, University of New England, Armidale



    Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Education




    My professional experience includes

    - Lecturer in German Language and Literature

    - Teaching and administration of programs in


    o    English as a Second Language

    o    Multicultural Education

    o   Coordination of the academic Language and Learning Service for students

    o   Academic staff development

    My major research interest is the relationship between academic integrity, academic writing and inadvertent plagiarism; in particular 

    o    how students gain an understanding of evidence-based writing the University's research culture:

    Avoiding Plagiarism icon 


    o   how they can learn ways of accelerating their own academic language development

    See: Research-Writing: Learning a writing skill and thereby avoiding plagiarism.
    Go to:
    and click on Student Guides

    o how staff can develop inclusive strategies to improve learning by students from diverse backgrounds

    See: Sessional Teaching Program Resource, consisting of a series of 12 self-access Modules



    Research focus

    My current research focus is on piloting and evaluating an approach for assisting staff in inducting undergraduate students into the language and culture of research. My particular emphasis is to investigate to what extent discipline lecturers may assist students in developing skills in evidence-based writing through constructive feedback against probing assessment criteria.


    Bretag, T.   Mahmud S., Wallace, M., Walker, R., McGowan, U., East, J., Green, M.,  Partridge, L., & James, C. (2014) ‘Teach us how to do it properly!’ An Australian academic integrity student survey, Studies in Higher Education, 39(7) 1150-1169, DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2013.777406 To link to this article:


    McGowan (2013) Book Review: Ian Bruce: Academic Writing and Genre. A Systematic Analysis. Continuum. Paperback edition published 2010. First published 2008. The Linguist List. Eastern Michigan University (accessed 18/03/1913)

    Amos, K. & McGowan, U. (2012) Integrating academic reading and writing skills development with core content in science and engineering. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education. Special Issue: Developing Writing in STEM Disciplines. November 2012. pp1-24. (accessed 20/01/2013) ISSN 1759-667X

    Bretag, T;  Mahmud, S; Wallace, M;  Walker, R;  James, C;  Green, M; East, J;  McGowan, U;  Partridge, L.  (2011) Core elements of exemplary academic integrity policy in Australian higher education. International Journal for Educational Integrity 7(2) pp 3-12 (accessed 15/12/2011)

    Bretag, T., Mahmud, S., East, J., Green, M., James, C., McGowan, U., Partridge, L., Walker, R.& Wallace, M. (2011) Academic Integrity Standards: A Preliminary Analysis of the Academic Integrity Policies at Australian Universities. Proceedings of AuQF 2011 pp48-53. See AUQA Audit archive: Proceedings:   (accessed 17/10/2013)
    "Best Paper" Award at the AuQF Conference Melbourne 2011 (accessed 17/10/2013)

    McGowan, U. (2010) Re-defining academic teaching in terms of research apprenticeship. In M. Devlin, J. Nagy and A. Lichtenberg (Eds.) Research and Development in Higher Education: Reshaping Education, 33 (pp. 481-489). Melbourne 6-9 July 2010. Accessed 3/5/2016

    McGowan, U. (2009a)  Research Apprenticeship: Is this the answer to inadvertent plagiarism in undergraduate students’ writings? Proceedings of the 4th Asia-Pacific Conference on Educational Integrity. Wollongong, September 29-30  Accessed 16/3/10

    McGowan, U. (2009b) Undergraduate Students as Apprentice Researchers: Developing the Language of enquiry-based writing. Presentation at the  Learning Through Enquiry Alliance (LTEA) Conference, University of Reading, UK, July 14-15.

    McGowan, U. (2009c) Book Review: Pedagogy not policing. Positive approaches to academic integrity at the university. Tyra Twomey, Holly White and Ken Sagendorf (Eds.). (2009). Syracuse, New York.  International Journal for Educational Integrity 5(1) pp . 35-37 

    McGowan, U. & O'Regan, K. (2008) Avoiding Plagiarism: Achieving Academic Writing. Audio narrated resource for students and staff.  The Writing Centre website, under "Student Guides" at Direct link at:

    McGowan, U. (2008a). Research-writing: Learning a writing skill and thereby avoiding plagiarism  Also attached to this web page (below)


    McGowan, U. (2008b) Higher education – for what – when students are linguistically outside their ‘zone of proximal development’?. In: Student Learning for what? Proceedings of the 15th Improving Student Learning Symposium. Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, 3–5 September 2007.

    McGowan, U. (2008c) International Students: A conceptual framework for dealing with unintentional plagiarism. In: Tim S. Roberts (ed.) Student Plagiarism in an Online World: Problems and Solutions. Information Science Reference, Hershey, New York, pp. 92-107 (This book is available online from the Barr Smith Library to UofA members). For publisher see:

    McGowan, U. (2007a) Plugging a hole in holistic institutional approaches to plagiarism: A focus on research. In: Tracey Bretag et al. Proceedings of the 3rd Asia-Pacific Conference on Educational Integrity. Adelaide, December 6-7 (refereed) Accessed December 5, 2016 at

    McGowan, U. (2007b) Internationalisation of the Curriculum: meeting the challenge of student diversity. In: Enhancing Higher Education, Theory and Scholarship Proceedings of the 30th  HERDSA Annual Conference, Adelaide, 8-11 July, 2007. Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Inc. (on disc)  access at:

    McGowan, U. (2005a) Does educational integrity mean teaching students NOT to ‘use their own words’? International Journal for Educational Integrity1(1) (refereed) 

    McGowan, U. (2005b). Educational Integrity: A Strategic Approach to Anti-Plagiarism. In: Charmian Eckersley (ed) Educational Integrity: Values in Teaching, Learning and Research. 2nd Asia-Pacific Educational Integrity Conference Proceedings. ISBN 192 070 1680. (Conference held in Newcastle, Australia Dec 1-3). (referred)

    McGowan, U. (2005c). Academic Integrity: an Awareness and Development Issue for Students and Staff. Journal for University Teaching and Learning Practice v2 (3a). (refereed) Retrieved November 10, 2005 from

    McGowan, U. (2005d). Plagiarism detection and prevention. Are we putting the cart before the horse?. In A. Brew & C. Asmar (Eds.), Higher Education in a Changing World. Proceedings of the HERDSA Conference. Sydney. Pp 287-293. Online version retrieved August 15, 2005 from; or go to

    McGowan, U. (2003) Plagiarism detection and prevention. Pedagogical implications for lecturers of first year university students. In: Enhancing the Transition to Higher Education. Strategies and Policies that work. Proceedings of the 7th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference, QUT, Brisbane. July 9-11 (refereed) 

    McGowan, U (2002) 'Metaphors in the media: Helping ESL students to overcome barriers to understanding media texts'. In Cadman, K. (ed) Learners from Diverse Cultures. Advancing Australia's Potential. Proceedings of the National ACTA/ESLE Conference, Adelaide, South Australia, Jan 20-22, 2002 (on CD-ROM).

    Cargill, M. Cadman, K. & McGowan, U. (2001) Postgraduate Writing: Using Intersecting Genres in a Collaborative, Content-Based program. In: Ilona Leki, (ed) Academic Writing Programs. Case Studies in TESOL Practice Series. Jill Burton Series Editor. pp 85-96. TESOL. Alexandria, Virginia.

    McGowan, U. (2000) Can the writing of theses and research papers be taught generically? Supporting self-help in postgraduates. Paper presented at the Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference 'Making ends Meet' Adelaide, April 13-14. 

    McGowan, U. (1998) A program in media language for Economics I students. in: Advancing International Perspectives. Proceedings of the HERDSA Annual International Conference, Adelaide, 8-11 July (CD-ROM).

    McGowan, U. (1997) Metaphor and congruence in the media: barriers for international students of Economics and Commerce. in: Prospect: A Journal of Australian TESOL. vol 12 No 1 May 1997 pp. 20-34. 

    McGowan, U., Seton, J. & Cargill, M. (1996) A collaborating colleague model for inducting international engineering students into the language and culture of a foreign research in Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Transactions on Professional Education (Vol 39 No 3 September 1996 pp. 117-121). 

    McGowan, U. (1991) The Administrative-Professional Interface: Pennington Education Centre. Paper presented at the 1986 AMEP National Curriculum Project Seminar in: Implementing the Learner-centred Curriculum, National Curriculum Project, Research Series, NCRC, Adelaide, 125:137 (second edition NCELTR, Sydney: 125)





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