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ERIC Number: ED547995
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 189
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ISBN: 978-1-2674-2832-5
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Academic Dishonesty in a Digital Age
Grady, Pamela M.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Northern Illinois University
This study focuses on the perceptions and behaviors of online adjunct faculty members pertaining to academic dishonesty. Participants taught in the online division of a proprietary university system. Survey methodology was used to explore three research questions focusing on reporting behavior, the perception of support by the university when reporting incidents of academic dishonesty, and the impact of barriers to reporting incidents of academic dishonesty that had been found in the previous literature. The results of this study indicated that faculty members generally reported incidents of academic dishonesty when they occurred, that they felt supported when they reported incidents of academic dishonesty, and that the barriers described in the previous literature did not impact their reporting behavior. Statistically significant differences were found for three barriers to reporting incidents of academic dishonesty at the Introductory Undergraduate course level. These were the perception that the process for reporting was too time consuming, the perception that the definition of academic dishonesty was clearly written, and the perception that reporting students for engaging in academic dishonesty could result in litigation. The findings of the study are mixed in terms of support for the earlier research. For the barriers of a time-consuming process, concern for negative student end-of-term evaluations, and litigation, the results indicated agreement with the literature. In contrast to the existing literature, faculty members generally reported incidents of academic dishonesty, felt supported by the university when they reported incidents, perceived that the student consequences were fair, and found the definition of academic dishonesty to be clearly written. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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