ERIC Number: ED368272
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
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Undergraduate Academic Dishonesty at MIT. Results of a Study of Attitudes and Behavior of Undergraduates, Faculty, and Graduate Teaching Assistants.
Lipson, Alberta; McGavern, Norma
This report describes what has been learned from three surveys about undergraduate academic dishonesty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The surveys involved 891 undergraduates, approximately 490 faculty, and 481 graduate teaching assistants. Cheating was examined as a literal reality rather than as an abstract concept. Undergraduates were asked about their own behavior and the behavior of other students and for their assessment of whether particular acts constitute cheating. They were also asked about reasons for cheating and ways that it might be mitigated. In separate surveys, faculty and graduate teaching assistants were asked similar questions about their attitudes toward and experiences with undergraduate cheating. Based on the study's results, the report presents observations and conclusions concerning collaboration efforts between undergraduates and faculty; communication between lecturers and recitation instructors; student workload; support for students in difficulty and at critical times; the reuse of exams, problem sets, or other assignments; the publicizing of punishment and keeping records on repeat offenders; and the issue of ethical values. Appendices provide composition sketches of survey respondents and a sample questionnaire. (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
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Identifiers: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (33rd, Chicago, IL, May 16-19, 1993).