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ERIC Number: EJ857701
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Curbing Cheating
McCabe, Don; Katz, Daniel
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v75 n1 p16-19 Sep 2009
Cheating has become a major issue for schools and leaders across the country. While plagiarism and cheating are not new, the proliferation of technologies available to students enables new forms of cheating. In addition, recent studies demonstrate an interesting level of moral flexibility among students as they often are motivated to cheat simply by what they see their peers do. Although surveys show high school students feel it is important to have good character, most report they have cheated. Academic success in high school has become a high stakes game and cheating threatens to continue to grow if school leaders and teachers don't do something. Knowing there is a problem is the easy part. The hard part is actually reducing student cheating, but there is recent research that suggests honor codes may be an effective strategy. By focusing on the school's environment or culture, not the phenomenon of cheating itself, these programs have achieved some success. One school in New Jersey that has tried such an approach is Mountain Lakes High School. Its Honor Code ( clearly spells out "proactive/preventative measures" as opposed to the punitive approach frequently found in high school "cheating policies." They identify behaviors that are considered violations of the code as well as the process by which allegations concerning code violations are to be addressed. This process gives students a strong voice along with faculty and administrators in the adjudication process.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey