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ERIC Number: ED303708
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
Pages: 13
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The Psychology of Cheating Behavior.
Shaughnessy, Michael F.
The phenomenon of cheating exists at every level of education, yet empirical research and theorizing about cheating behavior are scanty and inconclusive. This study used a questionnaire format to procure information relative to cheating at a small southwestern university. Age, sex, class standing, religion, and college were chosen as variables to be examined. Previous cheating behavior was also explored. Subjects were college students enrolled in the College of Business (N=33), the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (N=100), the College of Education and Technology (N=103), and the College of Fine Arts (N=131). The responses to the survey appear consistent throughout. Cheating appeared to occur in high school but to diminish at the college level. The results suggest that, while very few students deliberately plan ahead to cheat, they will take advantage of a situation if given the opportunity. Future research may want to more specifically address the issue of anxiety in cheating behavior. (The questionnaire is included with responses for students in each of the four colleges). (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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