Published in Proceedings of the 31st ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference: Reno, NV, October 10, 2001, pages F4A-13-F4A-18. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2001.963948.
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NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Trevor Harding was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
Academic dishonesty, or cheating, has become a serious problem at colleges and universities. This is particularly true of engineering students who, are among the most likely to cheat in college. The present paper reviews the literature as a basis of broadly understanding academic dishonesty. This discussion focuses on three primary issues: (1) perceptions of and attitudes towards cheating, (2) reasons for student cheating, and (3) methods of promoting academic integrity. A current research project being developed by the authors is also discussed. The premise of this research is that students are constantly making ethical judgements between the pressure to cheat and their own moral beliefs and social norms. The goal then is to uncover the reasons for and frequency of student cheating and to develop best practices for helping engineering students avoid this pressure. Particular topics of discussion include a rationale for the research methodology, an outline of the questions we hope the survey will answer and a discussion of the ethical implications of conducting research of this type
Materials Science and Engineering