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ERIC Number: EJ1060592
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1949-6427
Exploring Management Strategies to Reduce Cheating in Written Examinations: Case Study of Midlands State University
Taderera, Ever; Nyikahadzoi, Loveness; Matamande, Wilson; Mandimika, Elinah
Journal of Case Studies in Education, v5 Feb 2014
This study was concerned about cheating in written examinations at Midlands State University (MSU). The study revealed that both male and female students cheat in written examination; business studies students cheat more than other faculties, and younger (lower class) students cheat more than (upper class) older students. Factors influencing cheating in written examinations tended to be divided into situational and personal factors. Personal factors included among others; students' ethical considerations, attitude towards cheating, social standing and program of study. Situational factors were identified mainly as religious beliefs, effects of standardised tests, desire for higher grades, peer pressure, risk and adventure seeking. The major cheating strategies were identified as the use of crib notes (CDs), writing on body parts and ordinary objects, impersonation, exchanging examination booklets, copying someone else's work and leaving notes in toilets. Management strategies to reduce cheating were divided into two categories. The major measures in place were identified as the use of instruction manuals in examinations, vigilant invigilators, and suspension of offenders and nullification of results. Areas of improvement identified were training of staff that handles examinations, motivation of staff who run examinations, use of Circuit Camera Television (CCTV) and reducing the invigilator-student ratio.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Zimbabwe
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