ERIC Number: EJ1138504
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Addressing Academic Dishonesty among the Highest Achievers
Miller, Angela D.; Murdock, Tamera B.; Grotewiel, Morgan M.
Theory Into Practice, v56 n2 p121-128 2017
Although research shows that higher-achieving students report engaging in cheating behaviors less frequently than lower-achieving students, the cheating rates among this population are still startling. Certain aspects of the context of being a high-achieving student support academic dishonesty. We investigate integrity among the highest achievers using a motivational framework, first examining why these students feel the need to cheat. We discuss personal standards of performance, social comparison and competition, pressure to succeed, and these students' ability to rationalize cheating behaviors. Finally, we suggest what can be done to combat cheating among high achieving students, including thinking about approaches to pedagogy and assessment, providing clarity and consequences for cheating, and considering the culture of high achievers.
Descriptors: Cheating, Ethics, High Achievement, Student Behavior, Integrity, Student Attitudes, Standards, Competition, Performance, Social Influences, Success, Intervention, Cultural Influences, Learning, Middle School Students, High School Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
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