ERIC Number: ED402184
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-May
An Interpretation of One Student's Cheating in a High School Physics Classroom: A Case Study.
This case study is an interpretation of the honesty of a student in a high school physics classroom, and is part of a dissertation designed to investigate student roles and goals based on gender, ethics, and learning. In this paper on ethics, the actions of the physics student are examined as issues which link to the student's classroom roles and goals. The honesty of the student is questioned by the researcher as other students help her solve textbook problems and a student says the value of 'G' aloud which helps her answer a question while a test is being administered. However, the student does not consider her actions as dishonest and can justify them. It is concluded that the reporting of grades distorts the student's educational goals, which causes a conflict between the ethical issues of honesty and caring. As a caring person, the student maintains that cheating is justified in the context of the physics classroom. Contains 33 references. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Meeting of the American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers (Indianapolis, IN, May 2-5, 1996).