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ERIC Number: ED437112
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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Cheating and Its Vicissitudes.
Cozin, M. L.
In an effort to reveal how closely cheating at community colleges resembles that at four-year colleges in both kind and quantity, a survey similar to the one used by Donald L. McCabe for university students was administered to 298 students at Raritan Valley Community College. A summary of the results are included in this report. The survey data suggests that students at Raritan are as likely to cheat and plagiarize, if not more so, as students at four-year colleges. They are more likely to help others cheat and less likely to report cheating committed by other students. They also are more likely to feel that cheating occurs often or very often at their campus. The reasons for these attitudes and behaviors may in part be suggested by their acceptance of cheating in society at large. What is not known is whether Raritan is representative of community colleges, which would imply that more cheating and plagiarism occurs at two-year than four-year colleges. If this were to be true, it suggests a possible relationship between the quality of student work and motivation and a willingness to cheat or accept cheating. Another area that deserves further scrutiny is the large discrepancy between the amount of cheating committed or seen by students at Raritan compared to that observed by faculty, who indicate that cheating is not an issue of great concern. (VWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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