ERIC Number: ED281771
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb-17
Reference Count: 0
Cheating among Engineering Students: An Analysis.
Todd-Mancillas, William R.; Sisson, Edwin
Recalling several recent catastrophic examples of unethical behavior among engineers, this paper examines some of the obvious and non-obvious consequences of academic dishonesty as it occurs in engineering courses. The results of several studies relating to the extent of cheating in engineering courses, as well as the reasons for cheating are presented. Instructor complacency, pressure to win, and student ignorance are reported to be the main reasons why cheating is widespread and increasing. The consequences of cheating are discussed in terms of harm done to the cheater, noncheating students, instructors, the engineering profession, and society in general. Cheating is shown to put cheaters at an advantage when it comes to grades, admission to graduate school, application for scholarships, and job seeking. The performance of cheaters on the job is discussed, and the problems that occur when the company discovers that the engineer's job performance is far below what had been anticipated. This can hinder the efforts of colleges in placing students with companies that have had negative job performances from previous graduates of that institution. Specific suggestions to combat and prevent cheating in college engineering courses are included. (TW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Chicago, IL, February 17, 1987).