Engineering Students' Perceptions of and Attitudes Towards Cheating

TitleEngineering Students' Perceptions of and Attitudes Towards Cheating
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsCarpenter, DD, Harding, TS, Finelli, C, Montgomery, SM, Passow, HJ
JournalJournal for Engineering Education
Date Published07/2006
PublisherAmerican Society for Engineering Education
ISSN Number10694730
KeywordsAcademic Ethics , ENGINEERING , plagiarism
AbstractAcademic dishonesty has become a serious problem at institutions of higher learning. This is particularly true in engineering where, according to previous research, engineering undergraduates are among the most likely to cheat in college. To investigate this concern, the authors embarked on a research project whose goal was to develop a better understanding of what students and faculty perceive as cheating and to use this knowledge to help instructors and institutions increase the level of academic integrity among students. The primary instrument for this project was a seven-page survey that was administered to 643 engineering and pre-engineering undergraduates at eleven institutions, ranging from community colleges to large research universities. This manuscript provides an overview of the descriptive data from the PACES-1 Survey organized around the following questions: what is student cheating and how often does it occur; why do students cheat; and what methods can be used to reduce or stop cheating.
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