An education professor, who worked as a teacher in Atlanta Public Schools during a cheating scandal that began in 2009, explains what factors and forces lead educators to fake academic success.
Despite embarrassing publicity about cheating at top US high schools, academic dishonesty remains a problem. Could focusing on mastery instead of test scores help mitigate the problem?
Changes to student assessment can help to reduce the potential for academic misconduct.
It doesn’t matter how assessments are given to students, as students can still find a way to cheat.
Managing the newest form of academic deceit will require hard work from established academia and a renewed commitment to integrity from university communities.
Academics' own propensity for plagiarism may be contributing to high levels of student plagiarism.
For every student who intentionally steals others' work and passes it off as her own, there are ten who don't yet know how to build academic knowledge. They need our help, not condemnation.
Universities' pursuit of stable income streams means they are corrupting the reason they exist in the first place.
Is academic cheating inevitable? Not in classrooms where teachers emphasize mastery of content.