What Market Culture Teaches Students About Ethical Behavior

TitleWhat Market Culture Teaches Students About Ethical Behavior
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsVojak, C
JournalEthics and Education
Date Published10/2006
ISSN Number1744-9642
AbstractSeveral recent studies indicate that cheating has become both more prevalent and more socially acceptable. In this article I draw parallels between market values and student attitudes about cheating. They include: (1) reduction of a broad range of goods to their economic value, (2) use of non-reciprocity as a guiding principle, (3) valuing the appearance of virtue over real virtue, and (4) reframing dishonesty in a positive light. I posit two ways that market culture influences the willingness to cheat, and discuss the media's role in transmitting this influence. The article concludes with the suggestion that attempts to curtail cheating by further policing students may only exacerbate the problem in the long run. The same contextual factors that help mitigate undesirable market behavior, when cultivated in the classroom, can help to curb student cheating.
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