A new study shows that most high school students cheat. But they have inconsistent notions about what is or is not cheating. Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln surveyed 100 members of the junior class of a large midwestern high school, according to Science News. Nearly nine out of ten said glancing at someone else’s answers during a test was cheating, but 87 percent admitting doing so anyway. Nearly all of them (94 percent) agreed that giving answers to someone during a test cheating, but 74 percent admitted to doing so.
Less than half (47 percent) agreed that providing test questions to a fellow student who had yet to take a test was cheating. “The results suggest that students’ attitudes are tied to effort. Cheating that still required students to put forth some effort was viewed as less dishonest than cheating that required little effort,” said Kenneth Kiewra, professor of educational psychology at UNL, one of the study’s authors.
Hey, that’s not cheating. It’s group work!