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Cheating on tests : how to do it, detect it, and prevent it
Cizek, Gregory J.
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Publication Information:
Mahwah, N.J. : L. Erlbaum Associates, [1999]

Physical Description:
xi, 268 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Reading Level:
1450 Lexile.

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This is the first book to offer a comprehensive look at the problem of cheating on assessments (tests) across all levels of the American educational system. It is organized around seven major objectives that identify this problem by:
1. introducing and defining the problem of cheating and documenting the extent of its occurrence;
2. cataloging and presenting information on the methods used to cheat on tests;
3. providing information on methods useful for preventing cheating;
4. describing methods used to detect cheating once it has occurred;
5. synthesizing what is known about predispositions, correlates, and cultural differences in cheating;
6. summarizing legal issues related to cheating; and
7. illustrating ways in which individuals and institutions respond to cheating.

Cheating on Tests is informally written using a minimum of professional jargon and numerous anecdotes and cases. Technical information is largely confined to end-of-book appendices. It will appeal to all serious stakeholders in our educational system from parents and school board members to professionals directly connected to our schools and the testing industry.

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In a recent survey of 6,000 college students in 31 "academically elite colleges" across the US, 67 percent of the respondents to the survey admitted to cheating at least once in their college careers. The survey, reported by USA Today, gauged all types of cheating, from faking bibliographies to stealing answers on tests. These data alone should motivate professors and teachers to read this book on cheating. The author begins with a comprehensive explanation and definition of cheating, how it is done, and how to detect it. Cizek also provides readers with the various contexts for cheating and even includes a cross-cultural context for examining the issue by culture. The concluding chapter, which discusses how to deter cheating, is highly recommended. Based on a variety of previous studies confirmed by the author, Cizek recommends a well-designed honor code--one that is developed and run by students. Appropriate for undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and practitioners. L. B. Gallien; Mercer University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
1 An Introduction to Cheating the Wrong and the Short of Itp. 1
2 Frequency and Perceptions of Cheatingp. 9
3 How to Cheatp. 37
4 Cheating in Postgraduate and Professional Contextsp. 59
5 Cheating in Other Countries and Culturesp. 74
6 Correlations of Cheatingp. 90
8 Responding to Cheatingp. 151
9 Deterring Cheatingp. 163
10 Legal Issues and Cheatingp. 189
11 Cheating and the Ethos of Testingp. 200
Appendix A Statistical Methods for Detecting Cheatingp. 211
Appendix B Academic Integrity Policy Modelsp. 221
Appendix C Sample Due Process Policyp. 231
Referencesp. 233
Author Indexp. 249
Subject Indexp. 257