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ERIC Number: EJ815036
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1744-9642
What Market Culture Teaches Students about Ethical Behavior
Vojak, Colleen
Ethics and Education, v1 n2 p177-195 Oct 2006
Several recent studies indicate that cheating has become both more prevalent and more socially acceptable. In this article I draw parallels between market values and student attitudes about cheating. They include: (1) reduction of a broad range of goods to their economic value, (2) use of non-reciprocity as a guiding principle, (3) valuing the appearance of virtue over real virtue, and (4) reframing dishonesty in a positive light. I posit two ways that market culture influences the willingness to cheat, and discuss the media's role in transmitting this influence. The article concludes with the suggestion that attempts to curtail cheating by further policing students may only exacerbate the problem in the long run. The same contextual factors that help mitigate undesirable market behavior, when cultivated in the classroom, can help to curb student cheating. (Contains 18 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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