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Cheating in School: What We Know and What We Can Do

ISBN: 978-1-4051-7804-4
272 pages
August 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Cheating in School is the first book to present the research on cheating in a clear and accessible way and provide practical advice and insights for educators, school administrators, and the average lay person.
  • Defines the problems surrounding cheating in schools and proposes solutions that can be applied in all educational settings, from elementary schools to post-secondary institutions
  • Addresses pressing questions such as “Why shouldn’t students cheat if it gets them good grades?” and “What are parents, teachers, businesses, and the government doing to unintentionally persuade today’s student to cheat their way through school?”
  • Describes short and long term deterrents that educators can use to foster academic integrity and make honesty more profitable than cheating
  • Outlines tactics and strategies for educators, administrators, school boards, and parents to advance a new movement of academic integrity instead of dishonesty
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About the Authors.

Preface.

1 Cheating in Our Schools, Colleges, and Universities: A Critical Problem for the Twenty-First Century.

2 The Nature and Prevalence of Student Cheating.

3 Reasons for Academic Dishonesty: Situation, Disposition, and Changing Times.

4 From Cheat Sheet to Text Messaging: The Evolution of Techniques.

5 Short-Term Deterrents: Strategies for Class, Labs, and Online Testing.

6 Long-Term Deterrents: Development of Individual and Institutional Integrity.

7 The Call for Action and Wisdom: Conversations That Make a Difference.

8 Refining Our Tactics and Strategies.

9 An Optimistic (and Provocative) Conclusion: Finding the Good in Student Cheating.

Notes.

Author index.

Subject index.

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Stephen F. Davis is Emeritus Professor at Emporia State University. In 2002-2003 he served as the Knapp Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego. In 2007 he was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Morningside College (Sioux City, IA). Currently he is the Distinguished Guest Professor at Morningside College and Visiting Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Texas Wesleyan University. Since 1966 he has published over 300 articles on various research topics and 27 textbooks and presented over 900 professional papers; the vast majority of these publications and presentations include student coauthors. He has served as President of APA Division 2, Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Southwestern Psychological Association, and Psi Chi (the National Honor Society in Psychology). Additionally, he was selected as the first recipient of the Psi Chi Florence L. Denmark Faculty Advisor Award. He is a Fellow of APA Divisions 1 (General), 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology), 3 (Experimental), and 6 (Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology).

Patrick F. Drinan, Professor of Political Science at the University of San Diego, completed his Ph.D. in 1972 at the University of Virginia, and it was there that he first developed his interest in academic integrity. Drinan served as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego from 1989-2007 and has been active in the Center for Academic Integrity since the mid-1990s. He has authored and co-authored many articles on academic integrity this last decade and has served as a consultant on academic integrity at the university level. He is the 2006 recipient of the Donald McCabe Award for Liftime Achievement in the firld of academic integrity.

Tricia Bertram Gallant serves as the Academic Integrity Coordinator at the University of California, San Diego. In this capacity, she is responsible for managing the university’s Policy on Integrity of Scholarship and its corresponding processes, educating the campus community on academic integrity, assisting faculty in implementing short-term cheating deterrents, and working with key campus constituencies on long-term deterrents and initiatives to create a culture of academic integrity on campus. Bertram Gallant has also been active with the Center for Academic Integrity since 2002, having served as a member of its Board of Directors and as the chair of its Advisory Council. She has authored and co-authored (with Patrick Drinan) many articles on academic integrity, which have been published in The Journal of Higher Education, The Review of Higher Education, NASPA, and the Canadian Journal of Higher Education, and is the sole author of Academic Integrity in the Twenty-First Century: A Teaching and Learning Imperative, published by Jossey-Bass in 2008.

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  • Defines the problems surrounding cheating in schools and proposes solutions that can be applied in all educational settings, from elementary schools to post-secondary institutions
  • Addresses pressing questions such as “Why shouldn’t students cheat if it gets them good grades?” and “What are parents, teachers, businesses, and the government doing to unintentionally persuade today’s student to cheat their way through school?”
  • Describes short and long term deterrents that educators can use to foster academic integrity and make honesty more profitable than cheating
  • Outlines tactics and strategies for educators, administrators, school boards, and parents to advance a new movement of academic integrity instead of dishonesty
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"The plan includes infusing academic integrity into the fabric of schools, colleges or universities, developing student character and integrity, responding to cheating, reducing temptations and opportunities for cheating, and acknowledging that cheating happens and it is a problem." (Suite101.com, 23 November 2010)

"A comprehensive look at the cheating phenomenon from primary through graduate school." (Faculty Focus, October 2009)

"[The authors] combine their years of interest in and experience with issues of academic integrity to provide an overview of the problem of academic dishonesty at all levels of education.... This is the first attempt to synthesize all levels and several nations in a concise, readable format accessible to the general reader.The authors cite plenty of real-world examples and suggest usable tactics and strategies ... thus making the book useful for educators as well as lay readers.... A great overview of a significant subject, accessibly accomplished." (Library Journal, October 2009)

"I found Cheating in School to be a good read.... I recommend this book to both faculty and administrators who must deal with this issue in their work." (International Higher Education Consulting Blog, October 2009)

"Although much of the specific advice in the book is U.S. focused, the genuine and broad-ranging vision offered by the authors make the lessons applicable internationally." (International Journal for Educational Integrity, June 2009)

"In a high-stakes society where the ends are often valued more than the means, cheating has permeated all levels of education. This book is a must-have for anyone wishing to understand the causes of cheating and find ways to prevent its occurrence."
Bryan K. Saville, James Madison University

"Cheating in School provides a compelling call to action.  Rather than simply sensationalizing individual cases of cheating, it provides a broad and balanced perspective and outlines reasonable short and long-term actions we can all take."
Lauren Scharff, Ph.D,  Director of the Center for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), U. S. Air Force Academy

"This book combines the work of experienced authors who have unique knowledge of different facets of academic integrity and its attendant problems. Working together, they have created a volume that brings together the various stakeholders concerned with academic cheating. They articulate the problem and define it in all its myriad forms, from the student who copies another’s exam to the parent who 'helps' more than she should.
The book prompts the reader to wonder why cheating is not central to the 21st-century education agenda, and how our values become circumvented or distorted in relation to this issue."
Ken Keith, University of San Diego

"Cheating in school: What we know and what we can do, is perhaps the most comprehensive and accessible text on the topic of academic integrity that I have read.  What makes this book special is the clear intention of the authors to look beyond the individual to the broader institutional and societal milieu within which student cheating occurs, but always with clearly articulated optimism. Stephen Davis, Patrick Drinan and Tricia Bertram Gallant should be congratulated on this carefully and elegantly constructed presentation of the field."
Tracey Bretag, Editor, International Journal for Educational Integrity, University of South Australia

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August 28, 2009
Getting Away With It: The Classroom Cheating Epidemic and Its Prevention

"This is perhaps the most comprehensive and accessible text on the topic of academic integrity. The authors look beyond the individual to the broader institutional and societal milieu, but always with optimism. A carefully and elegantly constructed presentation of the field."
Tracey Bretag, Editor, International Journal for Educational Integrity

 

The media has portrayed cheating in the classroom in near epidemic proportions, in all levels of education and all types of learning institutions. The public is hard-pressed for strategies: Do we put the blame on the student exclusively and label the student as a bad apple? Do we blame the parenting practices of the parent or the teaching practices of the educator? To some, the punishments for cheating seem too lenient to combat the prowess of the media-savvy 21st century student.

As the technology available to kids gets more sophisticated and young people are more likely to text their best friend before even eating a square meal, educators and parents are finding it hard to keep up. Authors Stephen F. Davis, Patrick Drinan, and Tricia Bertram Gallant address these concerns in their new, unparalleled, and definitive roadmap to cheating prevention, CHEATING IN SCHOOL: What We Know and What We Can Do (Wiley-Blackwell; $21.95; September, 2009). Together, the authors present over thirty years of research and insights which will equip parents, educators, school administrators, as well as the average lay person, with the tools required to make cheating in the classroom a problem of the past.

With a comprehensive focus on the cheating phenomenon from primary school through graduate school, this is the first book of its kind to move beyond internet plagiarism to cover all of the pitfalls of cheating. The authors of CHEATING IN SCHOOL: What We Know and What We Can Do (Wiley-Blackwell; $21.95; September, 2009) expertly relay facts in a clear and straightforward format. The book uniquely features narrative-style testimonials and feedback from the students themselves, combined effortlessly with empirical research. It is intended for all teachers, administrators, students, parents, and the general public interested in improving and retaining academic integrity in the modern classroom. Here is a sample chapter overview:

  • Chapter One: Cheating in Our Schools, Colleges, and Universities: A Critical Problem for the Twenty-First Century. Outlines how cheating is manifested and justified in the modern, competitive academic environment, and its long-term effects on personal and institutional character.
  • Chapter Two: The Nature and Prevalence of Student Cheating. Pinpoints the history of the phenomenon, case studies and statistics, with an international cross-comparison.
  • Chapter Three: Reasons for Academic Dishonesty—Situation, Disposition, and Changing Times. Explores the evolution of cheating behavior and the more deep-seated psychological issues which keep the behavior in play.
  • Chapter Four: From Cheat Sheet to Text Messaging—The Evolution of Techniques. Considers different venues for cheating opportunities: classroom tests, lab reports, internet plagiarism and online classes in the context of cheating prevention.
  • Chapter Five: Short-Term Deterrents—Strategies for Class, Labs, and Online Testing. Discusses detection methods, penalties, and deterrents for each of the venues outlined in the previous chapter.
  • Chapter Six: Long-Term Deterrents—Development of Individual and Institutional Integrity. A focus on moral development and ethical solutions on both an individual and institutional level.
  • Chapter Seven: The Call for Action and Wisdom—Conversations That Make a Difference. An emphasis on accountability and communication within institutions and at home, as well as the power of mentor-based models.
  • Chapter Eight: Refining Our Tactics and Strategies. Proposal of different types of practical reform strategies (“crusading,” “challenging,” “modest, or “gestural”) that parents, teachers, and institutional leaders can practically implement.
  • Chapter Nine: An Optimistic (and Provocative) Conclusion—Finding the Good in Student Cheating. Observations from experts including Newsweek’s Dr. Fareed Zakaria on the broad and powerful societal influences facing kids today, and how they can be used as a basis for creative and meaning-based learning.

 

CHEATING IN SCHOOL: What We Know and What We Can Do

By Stephen F. Davis, Patrick F. Drinan, Tricia Bertram Gallant

Paperback: ISBN: 978-1-4051-7804-4; 216 pp.; $21.95; September 2009

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