ERIC Number: ED456127
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-May
Reducing Incidents of Cheating in Adolescence.
Bopp, Mary; Gleason, Patricia; Misicka, Stacey
This report describes a program implemented to raise the awareness of the dramatic increases of reported academic cheating, to influence the attitudes of the targeted students towards cheating, and ultimately to reduce incidents of cheating in the targeted classrooms. The targeted populations consisted of middle school students in growing middle-class urban and suburban communities in northeast Illinois. Problems of increasing academic cheating were documented through data from national reports, educational institutions, and the targeted schools in the project. Analysis of the probable causes in the literature revealed that although there are multiple causes of cheating, four categories are most prevalent: (1) societal value of extrinsic over intrinsic rewards; (2) lack of clarity of the definition of cheating; (3) consequences for cheating that are not severe; and (4) societal acceptance of cheating. A review of the solution strategies suggested by the literature yielded dozens of solutions. The one chosen for the project was selected because the extensive research base supported the approach. The researchers chose an action plan that implemented a character-education plan that clearly defined cheating and its consequences and adjusted students' attitudes about cheating. Postintervention data indicated that incidents of observable cheating decreased by more than 50% after the action plan had been completed. Also, students' awareness of the consequences of cheating increased. Postintervention data also suggested that students are less likely to cheat when a clear definition is communicated and the consequences for cheating are clearly stated. Four appendixes contain teacher and student surveys, an observation checklist, and parent consent letters for the study. (Contains 27 figures and 21 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Master of Arts Action Research Project, Saint Xavier and IRI/Skylight Field-Based Master's Program.