Academic Dishonesty and Prevalent Cheating Strategy

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Cheating in School: A Growing Epidemic?
Marc Ryan Calimba
Charry Fe M. Cornelia
Zephanie Marie R. Danieles
Dianne Rachelle Y. Dela Rama
Shirley Serojano

Introduction: “Cheating’s OK!” This line is most likely heard by many of us. Cheating is widespread that even a Catholic Institution of St. Paul University Dumaguete (SPUD) is not exempted to have student cheating on exams. Cheaters only need to master the skills of cheating without actually acquiring knowledge and skills measured by the test.

This led us to survey the most prevalent cheating strategy among Bachelor of Business Administartion Students of St. Paul University Dumaguete according to year level. We will be using “The Ten Most Wanted Cheaters” by John Fremer, Ph.D. and
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Another most important cause of academic misconduct is the contextual factor of an environment of peer disapproval of cheating, that is, peer pressure. Psychologists note that all people tend to follow the norms of their peer group, which would include norms about academic dishonesty. Thus, students who believe that their peers disapprove of cheating are less likely to cheat. Indeed, multiple studies show that the most decisive factor in a student's decision to cheat is his perception of his peers' relationship with academic dishonesty.
Teachers also have incentives to cheat. Taking the example of a federal government of the United States that had mandated high-stakes testing as part of the No Child Left Behind Act, signed into law in 2002. Schools and teachers are held accountable for the results. As a result, teachers are known to "teach to the test": while not teaching the actual answers, they teach the questions and similar ones, and they neglect any topic that will not be tested on. Teachers may also cheat, so as to inflate the results of tests given in their classroom.
While cheating practices is a global fact, we wanted to somehow minimized, if not completely eradicate cheating locally (in our own school) through giving emphasis on this issue. This study seeks to uncover (a) pertinent cheating practices, and (b) know reasons that throws students to
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