Master's Theses

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Date of Award

Summer 1963

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Advisor

William F. Gwynn

Abstract

The perennial problem for students of every generation is the problem of cheating or cribbing on assignments and examinations. Many people consider themselves capable of understanding and partially solving the problem, hence a great flood of literature is continually being written over the years. Much of the literature is repetitious as persons from different localities and different college generations say essentially the same things. However, there has been much said which has been significant. It is of crucial importance that continuing research in this area be done with as many new techniques as can be devised. Despite the mass of articles on cheating, the majority pertain to the opinions of persons as to the causes and solutions of the problem, there is a shortage of competent research published which either demonstrates that cheating takes place or is able to study its many motivational forces. It is proposed in the present investigation to study the responses of college students when given the opportunity to cheat. One reason for the lack of responsible research is the difficulty in determining when cheating is actually taking place. New and better methods of studying the problem are in need of discovery. It is proposed in this experiment to utilize one method of studying the incidence of classroom cheating which has by now become almost standard among researchers. This method will be compared with a new test which has not, to this writer's knowledge, been formally published in the literature. However, the fundamental idea of this new method has been utilized in a previous study. This will be a new innovation.

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Copyright 1963 Norman Simmons

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