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Topic: What Can Be Done About Student Cheating?
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GS Chandy

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Re: What Can Be Done About Student Cheating?
Posted: Jan 14, 2013 9:11 PM
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Responding to Jerry Becker's post dt Jan 15, 2013 2:59 AM (the fascinating story is pasted below my signature for ready reference):

1. The question in the title is not exactly answered in the text - though there are some useful hints. Most of those hints are in line with the idea that it is essential to get all the 'stakeholders' properly involved.

2. One thing is for certain (in my opinion): Simplistic 'solutions' - like, for instance, "PUT THE EDUCATION MAFIA IN JAIL!" - are not likely to work.

3. (In my opinion), the single most important insight may lie in the following:
> Student are less likely to cheat if they believe that
> their school
> values real mastery of a subject, as opposed to an
> overemphasis on
> rote memorization or how you do on a test.

4. (In my opinion), application of the OPMS approach would help very significantly to curb this 'cultural tendency to cheat'.

("Still Shoveling!")
Jerry Becker posted Jan 15, 2013 2:59 AM:
> *****************************
> From NEA Today, Monday, January 14, 2013. See
> student-cheating/?utm_source=nea_today_express&utm_med
> ium=email&utm_content=cheating&utm_campaign=130116neat
> odayexpress
> *****************************
> What Can Be Done About Student Cheating?
> By Tim Walker
> It's not exactly breaking news that students cheat in
> school. Whether
> it's the student who peeks at crib notes during a
> test or another who
> can't keep his eyes from drifting over to a
> classmate's paper -
> schools have always had to deal with cheaters on some
> level. But is
> cheating merely a nuisance or has it become a serious
> problem?
> NEA Today recently spoke with Dr. Denise Pope, senior
> lecturer at the
> Stanford University School of Education and
> co-founder of Challenge
> Success, an organization that works with schools and
> families to
> improve student well-being and engagement with
> learning. Challenge
> Success recently released a white paper about
> cheating in schools
> that delves into the reasons why student cheat,
> misconceptions around
> the issue and some successful preventive strategies.
> How prevalent is student cheating?
> It's very serious. According to many studies, in
> between 80 and 95
> percent percent of high school students admitted to
> cheating at least
> once in the past year and 75 percent admitted to
> cheating four or
> more times. The research goes back 15 years but
> that's the highest
> it's ever been. In the mid-1990s, it was around 60
> percent. Cheating
> happens in every school.
> One bit of encouraging news is that the Josephson
> Institute of Ethics
> released a survey a couple of weeks ago found that
> students who had
> cheated on one exam in the past year dropped quite a
> bit. We might
> re-survey in the spring and hopefully find something
> similar but it
> could just be noise. Too soon to tell.
> Who are the students who cheat?
> You have the obvious example - students who are
> struggling and don't
> understand the work. One of the big misconceptions,
> however, is that
> it is only these struggling students who cheat, when
> in fact studies
> show that high-achieving students cheat almost as
> much as other
> students.
> We haven't found that there are discernible gender
> differences. Many
> assume that boys are more likely to cheat than girls
> because they're
> more competitive, but the research actually doesn't
> support that.
> Cheating is also more likely as the student moves
> through the system
> so the problem is more common in middle and high
> school than in
> elementary.
> Is access to technology leading to more cheating?
> Not necessarily. Cheating has taken on many new
> forms. It's not just
> wandering eyes or notes copied on a hand, and
> technology certainly
> provides more opportunities without a doubt -
> plagiarizing from the
> Internet, using cell phones during tests, etc. But
> what we found is
> that while these technologies provide many more
> avenues for students
> to cheat, so far its not clear that these
> technologies has actually
> led to an increase in cheating overall
> In the Challenge Success white paper, you say
> students cheat because
> they believe that only grades and test scores are
> valued in the
> school, not mastery of the subject. This causes them
> to devalue the
> education they're receiving. Can changing assessment
> systems
> significantly reduce the problem?
> Students cheat for a number of reasons. They cheat
> because everybody
> else is doing it, they cheat because they have too
> much work to do
> and not enough time to do it. They're under pressure
> and they see
> cheating around them everywhere - sports stars, movie
> stars, Wall
> Street. These are very powerful cultural factors that
> influence
> students' behavior. So the culture of cheating in our
> society is
> formidable even if you took one single factor out of
> the equation.
> Nonetheless, I think the testing culture in schools
> plays a role.
> There's pressure from the teacher, there's pressure
> from the parents.
> There's a reason they call them "high-stakes." Some
> schools fudge the
> numbers because they know their money depends on
> these scores. All
> this gets conveyed to the student.
> Student are less likely to cheat if they believe that
> their school
> values real mastery of a subject, as opposed to an
> overemphasis on
> rote memorization or how you do on a test.
> Changing assessments is not easy, but it is one of
> our top
> recommendations. At least schools should use multiple
> measures,
> different ways for students to show what they know.
> We should be
> allowing kids on assignments to produce multiple
> drafts, to revise
> and iterate, which is what happens in the real world
> anyway. We need
> to find new ways to determine and develop student
> skills.
> Does Common Core move schools in that direction?
> I'm encouraged by what I hear and read about the new
> standards'
> emphasis on performance-based assessments. They're
> not complete yet,
> but it sounds like it's moving in the right
> direction. And you do see
> more professional development around teaching for
> subject mastery. So
> the trend looks good, but it's going take a while.
> Since systemic change can be such a long and arduous
> process, what
> are some of the more immediate potential solutions
> schools can take
> to address the cheating problem?
> A major one is the need for schools to dialogue.
> Cheating is a taboo
> subject - many schools just don't want to talk about
> it. One of the
> big misconceptions is that "That's not a problem at
> our school!" when
> in fact it occurs everywhere. And people think if
> they don't talk
> about it, then it won't happen. But admitting
> cheating exists in your
> schools is a big first step and there's strong
> evidence that, at
> least at the college level, honor codes are useful.
> There are now a
> lot honor codes that are being developed at the high
> school and
> middle school level. If you talk about it, admit
> there's a problem,
> come up with a way to show it won't be tolerated, and
> have everyone
> sign onto doing something about it, cheating can be
> curbed.
> What can teachers do?
> There are a lot of individual strategies that
> teachers can take to
> stop cheating or catch cheating right before it
> happens, but we focus
> on a more a preventive course - creating a climate of
> caring in the
> classroom. Of course teachers care about kids, but
> students have to
> perceive it. Do you know the name of every child in
> your classroom?
> Do you know their interests, do you take the time to
> answer every
> question? If not, that's not a climate of care and
> not a fertile
> ground for learning. We found that students who
> really believe they
> belong in the classroom and really feel teacher
> support are less
> likely to cheat.
> How about parents?
> Everybody has to be part of the solution. Parents can
> do a lot of
> what we ask of teachers - emphasize high standards
> for honesty, make
> it clear that cheating is unacceptable. Parents can
> help foster that
> sense of belonging in school by encouraging school
> activities and
> other ways to focus on the positive aspects of
> school. Also, they
> should also think about changing how they talk about
> grades with
> their children - especially in the way parents
> compare their kids to
> how others do.
> --------------------------------
> Read the Challenge Success Report on Student
> student-cheating/?utm_source=nea_today_express&utm_med
> ium=email&utm_content=cheating&utm_campaign=130116neat
> odayexpress
> --------------------------------
> PHOTO SIDEBAR: Dr. Denise Pope
> ***************************************************
> --
> Jerry P. Becker
> Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
> Southern Illinois University
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> Carbondale, IL 62901-4610
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