Research in Higher Education

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 359–364 | Cite as

An empirical investigation of actual cheating in a large sample of undergraduates

  • Marvin Karlins
  • Charles Michaels
  • Susan Podlogar
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Abstract

Cheating behavior of university students enrolled in an upper-division mass-lecture business course was investigated in a two-semester study. It was found that slightly over 3% of the students plagerized/copied a library research assignment. The findings indicate the need for more empirical studies of what studentsdo—as opposed to what theysay they do—when it comes to academic dishonesty in undergraduate education. Such an approach holds the greatest promise for pinpointing just how widespread cheating really is in the lecture halls and classrooms of academe.

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© Agathon Press, Inc. 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marvin Karlins
    • 1
  • Charles Michaels
    • 1
  • Susan Podlogar
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ManagementUniversity of South FloridaTampa

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