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ERIC Number: EJ793461
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0311-6999
Individual Assignments and Academic Dishonesty--Exploring the Learning Conundrum
Leonard, Valorie; LeBrasseur, Rolland
Australian Educational Researcher, v35 n1 p37-56 Apr 2008
A survey of university business professors focused on their use of individual assignments in courses and their views on cheating and its impact on student learning. Based on responses from 456 professors (37% response rate) from Ontario, Canada, it was concluded that most faculty believe that individual assignments are effective learning tools and that cheating on these assignments is a serious offence. They believe that cheating occurs widely, but continue to use these assessments, with some alterations, to ensure that students obtain learning benefits. The survey findings varied across disciplines and tenure status. A framework is proposed to explain the faculty perspective and the outcomes that professors experience. The adjustments they make to individual assignments are influenced by multiple factors that are internal (university policies and regulations) and external (internet usage) to the university. The discussion centres on the three stakeholders--faculty, students and administration--the need for culture change, and the role of honor codes in controlling cheating and supporting a learning environment. (Contains 4 tables, 1 figure, and 2 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Canada