Investigating differences in cheating behaviours of IT undergraduate and graduate students: The maturity and motivation factors

Sheard, J, Markham, S and Dick, M 2003, 'Investigating differences in cheating behaviours of IT undergraduate and graduate students: The maturity and motivation factors', Higher Education Research and Development, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 91-108.


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Title Investigating differences in cheating behaviours of IT undergraduate and graduate students: The maturity and motivation factors
Author(s) Sheard, J
Markham, S
Dick, M
Year 2003
Journal name Higher Education Research and Development
Volume number 22
Issue number 1
Start page 91
End page 108
Total pages 18
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Within the School of Computer Science and Software Engineering of Monash University concerns have been raised about the prevalence of cheating amongst the IT students. Many isolated reports from staff of different cheating incidents collectively present a view of a problem that is widespread and multifaceted. Although indications are that these practices exist across all year levels in both undergraduate and graduate programmes, the actual extent of the problem, and whether any particular groups of students are more inclined to cheating behaviours, is difficult to gauge. Many studies have investigated undergraduate cheating; however, there have been very few studies of graduate students. Furthermore, there is a scarcity of studies of the cheating behaviour of information technology students. In some reporting of student cheating there is a tendency to take a general view of the problem, and preventative or educative measures to address this problem do not differentiate between undergraduate and graduate students. It is of concern that strategies that do not focus on attitudes or behaviours that are exhibited by a particular group are not as effective as they could be. The results of the study reported here show that there are differences between the undergraduate and graduate IT students in regard to their attitudes towards cheating and practice of cheating. The study hypothesises a relationship between maturity and motivation, and cheating behaviour. The possible reasons for this are explored and implications for the design of future education programmes are presented.
Subject Human Information Behaviour
Keyword(s) cheating
information technology students
undergraduate cheating
graduate cheating
DOI - identifier 10.1080/0729436032000056526
Copyright notice © 2003 HERDSA
ISSN 0729-4360
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