ERIC Number: ED447840
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Academic Dishonesty and the Community College. ERIC Digest.
Gerdeman, R. Dean
This digest cites studies of academic dishonesty in two- and four-year institutions, examining variables such as frequency of dishonest behavior, individual and environmental factors associated with dishonest student behavior, and responses of faculty. Academic dishonesty appears related to: (1) individual characteristics such as student academic achievement, age, social activities, major, and gender; (2) peer group influences; (3) instructor influences; and (4) institutional policies. Higher rates of academic dishonesty were associated with students with lower GPA's; younger students; traditional college students; underclassmen; social groups with tolerant attitudes toward cheating; classes where the subject matter seemed unimportant or uninteresting; or where the professor seemed disinterested or permissive. The digest concludes with recommendations to reduce academic dishonesty in two-year colleges including: (1) communicate policies on academic misconduct regularly to students and faculty; (2) encourage faculty to discuss dishonesty with students; (3) establish non-permissive test environments with watchful instructors, spaced seating and varying exam formats; (4) enforce policies in a consistent, fair and timely manner; and (5) maintain emphasis on mature behavior, self-responsibility and proper conduct. Contains 12 references. (PGS)
Descriptors: Cheating, Codes of Ethics, Community Colleges, Diversity (Student), Honesty, Plagiarism, Student Attitudes, Student College Relationship, Two Year Colleges
ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, University of California at Los Angeles, 3051 Moore Hall, Las Angeles, CA 90095-1521. Tel: 310-825-3931.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.