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ERIC Number: ED447840
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
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)
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
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.