Wasieleski, an associate professor of management. Rationalizing It First, know that students realize cheating is wrong—they simply see themselves as moral in spite of it. Photo Commencement at Harvard.
To excuse her plagiarized Cannery Row essay, Erin, a ninth-grader with straight As, complained vaguely and unconvincingly of overwhelming stress. An increased emphasis on having students work in teams may also have played a role.
Repetitive homework assignments are also a culprit, according to researchso teachers should look at creating take-home assignments that encourage students to think critically and expand on class discussions. More than half the participants did.
Coupled with this is the apparent need for students to get a well-paying job as soon as they graduate, most of which require at least a if not better. Why do we tend to act in the ways we do?
I went because I loved the subject that I wanted to study, I was hungry for more knowledge, and I wanted to self-improve. Fees have increased — in the most extreme cases nearly tenfold — since they were introduced, and bursaries have been removed for the poorest studentsmeaning that those without family money will inevitably end up paying more, as it will take them longer to pay off their loans.
The relationship between student and staff was fundamentally changed from an intellectual one to a business transaction. Gallant recalled giving integrity counseling to a student who would send research papers to her mother to review before turning them in — and saw nothing wrong in that.