Learning to E-Cheat: A Criminological Test of Internet Facilitated Academic Cheating

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Cathy Marcum, Associate Professor and Curriculum Coordinator (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: An increasing problem of great concern for academic institutions is the perva- siveness of cheating among students. Further compounding this problem is advancements in technology that have created new ways for students to engage in cheating. Despite a growing interest in technology facilitated cheat- ing, little is known about why students may employ electronic resources to cheat. However, Akers’ social learning theory offers one plausible explanation. Surveys were collected from a sample of 534 college students at a large south- eastern university in order to quantify the prevalence and frequency of Inter- net facilitated cheating. These surveys allowed for an exploration of factors associated with this form of cheating and a comparison between what we refer to as E-cheating and traditional forms of cheating. Results indicate that approximately 40% of students have engaged in some form of E-cheating in the last year. Social learning variables emerge as the strongest predictors of both the occurrence and frequency of E-cheating while self-control and strain vari- ables have little effect. An exploration of the relationship between E-cheating and similar technology free cheating behaviors suggests that there is significant overlap, but that some students do “specialize” in E-cheating or technology free cheating. We conclude by offering suggestions for teaching strategies, course and assignment design, and testing that will best limit E-cheating.

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Catherine D. Marcum, John M. Stogner and Bryan Lee Miller (2012) "Learning to E-Cheat: A Criminological Test of Internet Facilitated Academic Cheating" Journal of Criminal Justice Education (ISSN 1051-1253) pp. 1051-1253 Version of Record Available @ (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10511253.2012.693516)
Language: English
Date: 2012
cheating, dishonesty, cyberspace, criminology

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