Psychology of Academic Cheating

Psychology of Academic Cheating

1st Edition - November 7, 2006

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  • Editors: Eric Anderman, Tamera Murdock
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080466491

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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? 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.

Key Features

  • Summarizes 50 years of academic cheating trends in K-12 and postsecondary institutions
  • Examines the methodology of academic cheating including the effect of new technologies
  • Reviews and discusses existing theories and research about the motivation behind academic cheating


Educational psychologists, cognitive and social psychologists

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
    Alfie Kohn

    1) Introductory Chapter
    Eric M. Anderman, The University of Kentucky
    Tamera B. Murdock, The University of Missouri Kansas City

    PART I: The Anatomy of Cheaters
    2) Who Are All These Cheaters? Characteristics of Academically Dishonest Students
    Angela D. Miller, The University of Kentucky
    Tamera B. Murdock, The University of Missouri Kansas City
    Eric M. Anderman, The University of Kentucky
    Amy 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 Cheating
    Gregory Schraw, Lori Olafson, Fred Kuch, The University of Nevada Las Vegas
    Trish Lehman, The University of Colorado, Boulder
    Stephen Lehman, Utah State University
    Matthew T. McCrudden, University of North Florida

    5) The Effects of Personal, Classroom, and School Goal Structures on Academic Cheating.
    Eric M. Anderman, The University of Kentucky

    6) Under Pressure and Under-Engaged: Motivational Profiles and Academic Cheating in High School
    Jason M. Stephens, The University of Connecticut
    Hunter Gehlbach, Stanford University

    (7) Applying Decision Theory to Academic Integrity Decisions
    David A. Rettinger, Yeshiva University

    Part III: Moral and Social Motivations for Dishonesty
    8) Reaping What We Sow: Cheating as a Mechanism of Moral Engagement
    Theresa A. Thorkildsen, Courtney J. Golant, & Dale Richesin, The University of Illinois at Chicago

    9) The “Social” Side of Social Context: Interpersonal and Affiliative Dimensions of Students’ Experiences and Academic Dishonesty
    Lynley H. Anderman, The University of Kentucky
    Tierra M. Freeman, The University of Missouri Kansas City
    Christian E. Mueller, The University of Memphis

    10) Is Cheating Wrong? Students’ Reasoning About Academic Dishonesty
    Tamera B. Murdock, The University of Missouri Kansas City
    Jason M. Stephens, The University of Connecticut

    11) Cheating on Tests: Prevalence, Detection, and Implications for On-Line Testing
    Walter M. Haney & Michael J. Clarke, Boston College

    12) The Pressure to Cheat in a High-Stakes Testing Environment
    Sharon L. Nichols, The University of Texas at San Antonio
    David C. Berliner, Arizona State University

    David Callahan

Product details

  • No. of pages: 352
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2006
  • Published: November 7, 2006
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080466491

About the Editors

Eric Anderman

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Educational Psychology and Philosophy, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

Tamera Murdock

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Psychology, The University of Missouri, Kansas City, USA

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