A Systemic Analysis of Cheating in an Undergraduate Engineering Mechanics Course

TitleA Systemic Analysis of Cheating in an Undergraduate Engineering Mechanics Course
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsBertram Gallant, T, Van Den Einde, L, Ouellette, S, Lee, S
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Volume20
Issue1
Pagination277 - 298
Date Published3/2014
ISSN Number1471-5546
KeywordsAcademic Ethics , mechanical engineering
AbstractCheating in the undergraduate classroom is not a new problem, and it is recognized as one that is endemic to the education system. This paper examines the highly normative behavior of using unauthorized assistance (e.g., a solutions manual or a friend) on an individual assignment within the context of an upper division undergraduate course in engineering mechanics. The findings indicate that there are varying levels of accepting responsibility among the students (from denial to tempered to full) and that acceptance of responsibility can lead to identification of learning and necessary behavioral changes. The findings have implications for institutions and engineering faculty, in particular the need for consistent academic integrity education and the teaching of professional integrity and ethics.
DOI10.1007/s11948-013-9435-6
Short TitleSci Eng Ethics
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