What is Cheating? Student and Faculty Perception of what they Believe is Academically Dishonest Behavior

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The study of ethics and moral development of college students is an important issue. Knowing and understanding the ethical behavior of college students can lead to changing and increasing appropriate behavior among graduate and undergraduate students. Such changes in ethical behavior and moral development during the college experience can strengthen the foundation for appropriate adjustments and foster a greater awareness for positive ethical behavior throughout a lifetime. This research study examined the perception of what students and faculty believe is academically dishonest behavior by identifying different types of scenarios. Given the cheating behavior by students, it is important to know what students and faculty actually believe is academically dishonest behavior. The research question was "œWhat do students and faculty perceive as cheating?" Students and faculty were surveyed and the findings indicate a clear discord between perceptions of cheating and actual cheating as determined by students and faculty.

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Sottile, James. What Is Cheating? Student and Faculty Perception of What They Believe Is Academically Dishonest Behavior." Journal of Research in Education 24, no. 1 (2014): 120-34."


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