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ERIC Number: EJ847452
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0196-5042
Affective Responses of Students Who Witness Classroom Cheating
Firmin, Michael W.; Burger, Amanda; Blosser, Matthew
Educational Research Quarterly, v32 n3 p3-15 Mar 2009
For this study, 82 general psychology students (51 females, 31 males) witnessed a peer cheating while completing a test. Following the incident, we tape recorded semi-structured interviews with each student who saw the cheating event for later analysis. Using qualitative coding and methodology, themes emerged regarding students' emotional reactions to witnessing the cheating incidences. We discuss students states of anxiety, frustration, and in some cases--empathy for the student they witnessed cheating. Overall, students showed relatively wide variability in their emotional reactions, ranging from hostility to compassion. One of the most common reactions was that students did not want to accept responsibility for what they saw and wished that the situation would just go away.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A