Psychology of Academic Cheating

Edited by

  • Eric Anderman, Professor of Educational Psychology and Philosophy, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA
  • Tamera Murdock, Department of Psychology, The University of Missouri, Kansas City, USA

Who cheats and why? How do they cheat? What are the consequences? What are the ways of stopping it before it starts? These questions and more are answered in this research based investigation into the nature and circumstances of Academic Cheating. Cheating has always been a problem in academic settings, and with advances in technology (camera cell phones, the internet) and more pressure than ever for students to test well and get into top rated schools, cheating has become epidemic. At the same time, it has been argued, the moral fiber of society as a whole has dampened to find cheating less villainous than it was once regarded. Who cheats? Why do they cheat? and Under what circumstances?The Psychology of Academic Cheating looks at personality variables of those likely to cheat, but also the circumstances that make one more likely than not to try cheating. Research on the motivational aspects of cheating, and what research has shown to prevent cheating is discussed across different student populations, ages and settings.
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Educational psychologists, cognitive and social psychologists


Book information

  • Published: November 2006
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-372541-7

Table of Contents

ForewordAlfie Kohn 1) Introductory ChapterEric M. Anderman, The University of KentuckyTamera B. Murdock, The University of Missouri Kansas City PART I: The Anatomy of Cheaters2) Who Are All These Cheaters? Characteristics of Academically Dishonest StudentsAngela D. Miller, The University of KentuckyTamera B. Murdock, The University of Missouri Kansas CityEric M. Anderman, The University of KentuckyAmy L. Poindexter, The University of Missouri Kansas City 3) How do Students Cheat?Linda Garavaia, Elizabeth Olson, Emily Russell, & Leslie Christensesn, The University of Missouri Kansas City PART II: Achievement Motivation and Cheating 4) Interest and Academic CheatingGregory Schraw, Lori Olafson, Fred Kuch, The University of Nevada Las VegasTrish Lehman, The University of Colorado, BoulderStephen Lehman, Utah State UniversityMatthew T. McCrudden, University of North Florida5) The Effects of Personal, Classroom, and School Goal Structures on Academic Cheating.Eric M. Anderman, The University of Kentucky6) Under Pressure and Under-Engaged: Motivational Profiles and Academic Cheating in High SchoolJason M. Stephens, The University of ConnecticutHunter Gehlbach, Stanford University(7) Applying Decision Theory to Academic Integrity DecisionsDavid A. Rettinger, Yeshiva UniversityPart III: Moral and Social Motivations for Dishonesty8) Reaping What We Sow: Cheating as a Mechanism of Moral EngagementTheresa A. Thorkildsen, Courtney J. Golant, & Dale Richesin, The University of Illinois at Chicago9) The “Social” Side of Social Context: Interpersonal and Affiliative Dimensions of Students’ Experiences and Academic DishonestyLynley H. Anderman, The University of KentuckyTierra M. Freeman, The University of Missouri Kansas CityChristian E. Mueller, The University of Memphis10) Is Cheating Wrong? Students’ Reasoning About Academic DishonestyTamera B. Murdock, The University of Missouri Kansas CityJason M. Stephens, The University of ConnecticutPART IV: PREVENTION AND DETECTION OF CHETAING11) Cheating on Tests: Prevalence, Detection, and Implications for On-Line TestingWalter M. Haney & Michael J. Clarke, Boston College 12) The Pressure to Cheat in a High-Stakes Testing EnvironmentSharon L. Nichols, The University of Texas at San AntonioDavid C. Berliner, Arizona State University EpilogueDavid Callahan