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Comparing an Academic Dishonesty Survey with Reality
  Location: HC 3027
  Date: Wednesday, Aug.3
  Time: 2:00 PM -2:30 PM
  Author: Young-Jin Lee, University of Kansas
785-864-0625, yjlee@ku.edu
  Co-Author(s): David J. Palazzo , David E. Pritchard
  Abstract: An anonymous survey containing questions frequently used in self-reported academic dishonesty studies plus more sharply worded questions was administered to a large introductory physics class at MIT. The actual copy rate, which was inferred from the log files of the Web-based learning environment students used, was found to be 43% higher than the self-reported copy fraction. Among several contextual and situational factors often examined in the previous academic dishonesty studies, gender, and major were found to be positively correlated with the observed copying of electronic homework problems. Also, student motivation for learning was found to be negatively correlated with self-reported copying. Students report 70% more copying of written homework than online homework, consistent with easier availability of answers for written homework. The survey and a few interviews suggest that time pressure on students who do not start their homework in a timely fashion is the proximate cause of copying.
  Footnotes: Dr. David E. Pritchard (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
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