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Best Practices for Preventing and Responding to Cheating in Your Classroom and School

OnDemand Webinar (76 minutes)

Cheating in school is a widespread and complex problem. Recent news has included reports of hundreds of high school seniors in a Texas school obtaining test questions prior to a final exam in English, students in New York paying others to take their SAT tests, and students in a California high school obtaining test questions from textbook test banks restricted to teachers' use. Research by the Josephson Institute (http://charactercounts.org/programs/reportcard/2008/ index.html) indicates that 64% of high school students admitted to cheating on a test and 36% admitted to using the Internet to plagiarize others' work, while 93% were satisfied with their personal ethics or character. Students report a multitude of cheating methods, from using notes or cheat sheets or looking at another student's paper during a test, copying homework, unauthorized collaboration on assignments, cut-and-paste copying on papers, and receiving unauthorized help from parents, peers, or tutors, to more sophisticated methods such as gaining access to test questions prior to the test, submitting papers purchased from online paper mills, and using cell phones to cheat.

This OnDemand Webinar will present practical classroom strategies for preventing and addressing cheating and encouraging students to do their own honest work, along with school-wide initiatives for developing a comprehensive program for addressing academic dishonesty and creating a school community where academic integrity is promoted and valued.

Authors

Karen O. Clifford, Ph.D., The Center For Academic Integrity

Agenda

Overview of Problem of Cheating/Academic Dishonesty

• Scope of the Problem (Statistics)

• Forms of Academic Dishonesty

• Students' Reasons/Motives for Cheating

• Environmental Factors That Contribute to Cheating

Why Should We Care About Student Cheating and What Happens When We Don't Care?

• How Cheating Hurts Students, Teachers, Schools, and the Learning Environment

• What Happens When Teachers and Schools Ignore Academic Dishonesty

Cheating Prevention Strategies for Classroom Teachers

• Addressing Reasons Why Students Cheat

• Recognizing How Students Cheat (Including Use of Technology)

• Reducing Temptation

• Rethinking Assignments

• Communicating Clear Expectations for Classroom and Assignments

• Fairness

Components of a Comprehensive Schoolwide Approach to Preventing and Responding to Student Cheating and Promoting Academic Integrity

• No One-Size-Fits-All Approach - How to Tailor Program to School's Culture

• Getting Started/Assessing School Culture

• Ongoing Efforts

• Proactive, Positive Approach With Emphasis on Promoting Academic Integrity and Level Playing Field

• Student Buy-In and Leadership

• Communicating and Modeling Clear Expectations

• Support and Education for Teachers

• Parent Education

Additional Resources/Where to Go From Here