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ERIC Number: EJ764400
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-0951-8398
The Production of "Proper Cheating" in Online Examinations within Technological Universities
Kitto, Simon; Saltmarsh, Sue
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v20 n2 p151-171 Mar 2007
This paper uses poststructuralist theories of governmentality, agency, consumption and Barry's (2001) concept of Technological Societies, as a heuristic framework to trace the role of online education technologies in the instantiation of subjectification processes within contemporary Australian universities. This case study of the unintended effects of the adoption and usage of an online educational technology ("WebFreedom") for online examinations in an Australian university setting is analysed using poststructuralist theories of governmentality, agency and consumption. The analysis demonstrates how techniques of governing the learning practices of students via online educational technologies intersect with the agentive capacity of students who are relocated as consumers in the higher education marketplace. In particular the paper focuses on the production of unintended localized online examination behaviours resulting in a form of "subterranean ethics" or cheating in online exams. The results from this case study raise critical questions concerning the ways in which both students and tertiary educators are constituted within neoliberal governmental thought, as well as the ways in which students produce themselves in practice as autonomous agents and educational consumers within tertiary education. Suggestions on the focus of future research in the area are discussed. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia