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ERIC Number: EJ1057130
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: EISSN-1446-6120
Results of a 16-Year Study of Cheating in Introductory Science Classes
Moore, Randy; Jensen, Murray
Science Education Review, v5 n3 p83.1-83.7 2006
In a 16-year study involving more than 4,800 students, fewer than 2% of students were caught cheating in introductory science classes. The most common type of cheating was plagiarism in lab reports (50% of incidents), followed by altering exams (41%) and submitting falsified lab data (9%). Cheating occurred among students earning all grades in the course. When the penalties for cheating were ignored, the overall course letter-grade distributions for cheaters and non-cheaters were similar. The results indicate that cheating in introductory science classes is not as prevalent as has often been reported, and that cheating has no clear benefit in terms of percentage grades.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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