ERIC Number: ED341070
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Increasing Understanding of Right and Wrong in Relation to Cheating through the Curriculum of High School English Classes.
Mouritzen, Gaye S.
A practicum was designed to deal with the problem of cheating in a public alternative high school for at-risk students. Questionnaires completed by the teachers and the student body indicated that students had a deficiency in understanding and applying principles of accepted right and wrong to situations involving the possibility of cheating. Major goals were that students comprehend the principles and motives that underlie behavior in such situations, learn strategies for use in making moral decisions, understand what plagiarism is, and become familiar with research methods by which to avoid it. The solution created was a 12-week teaching unit for the writer's English classes. The unit consisted of three branches: branch 1 involved the reading of literature with related work; branch 2 dealt with the study and application of moral issues and strategies; and branch 3 covered research work and the comprehension of plagiarism. Literacy selections were used to introduce the subjects of honesty and dishonesty and their results; discussion groups dealt with what was happening and what should be happening. Results indicated that, while the practicum's major goals were only partially achieved, the practicum was a start toward seeing what can be accomplished in the field of moral studies through the English curriculum. Results showed that the three branches offer sensible methodology for dealing with the issues of right and wrong and are worthwhile as part of an English curriculum. (Three appendixes--questionnaires, the attitude toward cheating scale, and the pre/posttest--and 45 references are attached.) (PRA)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.