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ERIC Number: ED334921
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Undergraduate Cheating.
Moffatt, Michael
This paper examines the phenomenon of undergraduate cheating and reports on a survey returned by 232 students at Rutgers University (New Jersey) concerning their cheating experiences. Findings indicated 22 percent of students said they had never cheated in college, 45 percent indicated they had cheated occasionally (in "one or two" courses), and 33 percent admitted to having cheated in an average of eight courses to date. The most common cheating methods involved looking at other students' exam papers, arranging for someone else to take the exam, using "cheat-sheets" or other aids, and obtaining advance copies of the exam. Good students rarely objected to cheating by other students, and students often reported starting cheating because they saw lazy students getting better grades through cheating. Other findings indicated higher cheating by fraternity and sorority members; highest cheating by economics majors; least cheating by students majoring in the sciences; increased incidence of cheating by upperclass students; and a slight negative correlation between degrees of cheating and grade point average. A major reason for non-cheating was fear of getting caught. The cheating questionnaire is appended. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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