ERIC Number: ED347931
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Everybody (Else) Does It: Academic Cheating.
Greene, Aleza Spalter; Saxe, Leonard
This paper presents results of a study that investigated the role of perceptions of normative behavior concerning academic cheating on self-reported cheating behaviors. A survey was distributed to 250 undergraduates (87 responses) in which demographic information was obtained and the students (nearly all aged 18-22 years) were asked about their knowledge of other people's participation in 15 specific behaviors; to report how often he or she personally participated in the same 15 behaviors; and to rate how dishonest each of the 15 behaviors was, on a bipolar scale. Among the findings were the following: (1) cheating is widespread on college campuses; (2) the participating students reported high incidence of cheating for others (99%) as well as for themselves (81%); (3) the student's own cheating was viewed as not at all unusual--it was seen as a reflection of situational forces; and (4) the students also believed that others benefited more from cheating than they themselves did. Finally, the students also blamed their parents and teachers for widespread cheating because of pressure being placed on them to do well. The study showed that if cheating is widespread, it is in part due to its acceptance among college undergraduates. Contains 32 references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (Boston, MA, April 3-5, 1992).