Cheating in School. What We Know and What We Can Do

  • ID: 2247324
  • Book
  • 268 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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According to media reports, current levels of academic dishonesty have approached near–epidemic proportions. Given the high level of media attention––with headlines such as "High Stakes Testing Results in Widespread Cheating" and "More Students Cheating with Fewer Regrets"––it should come as no surprise that educators, parents, and students are searching for strategies to deal with this pressing problem.

Cheating in School is the definitive book on addressing and preventing the problem of academic dishonesty. Incorporating over thirty years of research, Stephen F. Davis, Patrick Drinan, and Tricia Bertram Gallant provide educators and laypersons with practical advice and insights for tackling this current epidemic. The facts about cheating, its causes, and its consequences are presented in clear and straightforward language. By presenting real student narratives combined with empirical research, the authors provide a roadmap to combating cheating in schools and creating a climate of academic integrity.

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About the Authors.


1 Cheating in Our Schools, Colleges, and Universities: A Critical Problem for the Twenty–First Century.

2 The Nature and Prevalence of Student Cheating.

3 Reasons for Academic Dishonesty: Situation, Disposition, and Changing Times.

4 From Cheat Sheet to Text Messaging: The Evolution of Techniques.

5 Short–Term Deterrents: Strategies for Class, Labs, and Online Testing.

6 Long–Term Deterrents: Development of Individual and Institutional Integrity.

7 The Call for Action and Wisdom: Conversations That Make a Difference.

8 Refining Our Tactics and Strategies.

9 An Optimistic (and Provocative) Conclusion: Finding the Good in Student Cheating.


Author index.

Subject index.

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"The plan includes infusing academic integrity into the fabric of schools, colleges or universities, developing student character and integrity, responding to cheating, reducing temptations and opportunities for cheating, and acknowledging that cheating happens and it is a problem." (, 23 November 2010)

"A comprehensive look at the cheating phenomenon from primary through graduate school." (Faculty Focus, October 2009)

"[The authors] combine their years of interest in and experience with issues of academic integrity to provide an overview of the problem of academic dishonesty at all levels of education.... This is the first attempt to synthesize all levels and several nations in a concise, readable format accessible to the general reader.The authors cite plenty of real–world examples and suggest usable tactics and strategies ... thus making the book useful for educators as well as lay readers.... A great overview of a significant subject, accessibly accomplished." (Library Journal, October 2009)

"I found Cheating in School to be a good read.... I recommend this book to both faculty and administrators who must deal with this issue in their work." (International Higher Education Consulting Blog, October 2009)

"Although much of the specific advice in the book is U.S. focused, the genuine and broad–ranging vision offered by the authors make the lessons applicable internationally." (International Journal for Educational Integrity, June 2009)

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