As a student I have experienced many unfair cases, when I got lower marks for the works that I have done myself, whereas my luckier classmates have been awarded “5”s for their cheated ones. As I grew older and went to the University, I was the one, who helped a lot, others to cheat on teachers. After I become the teacher, I have realised how much harm this does to students’ lives. The most interesting issue was what are the reasons of students’ acting so? Thus, I have decided to choose this topic for my thesis.
The violation of the rules of academic honesty is seen by educators as a major problem that the educational institutions are currently facing (J.M.Christensen., D.L.McCabe, 2006). The significance of the problem that is now raised by scholars in different countries seems to be burning, as academic honesty is seen as the primary fact that diminishes the quality of students’ knowledge, if any at all.
In his article in University affairs, Mullens (2000) identifies academic dishonesty as “anything that gives a student an unearned advantage over another”. It includes different types of actions such as plagiarizing the paragraphs or the texts itself, paying the others to take a test, looking for the right answers in other students’ works, indicating false bibliography, requesting for a deadline extension, etc. (Mullens, 2000).
Strom and Strom (2007) discuss the problems that academic dishonesty problems can lead to, if not to be properly solved. Among these problems, they identify the problems of entering the university, developing creative and critical thinking skills that is highly required both in academic and professional lives. One of the perspectives that the students can benefit from would be the development of the sense of truthfulness that can be supported through the creation of academic honesty policies.
The existing evidence, however, does not indicate any specified data about Kazakhstani students. Therefore, more research is needed to identify what effect academic honesty regulations can have on the students’ academic achievement.
The findings of the research will be beneficiary for parents and students, in order to be familiarized with the methods and practices of developing awareness of academic honesty regulations. Furthermore, the conclusions of the research will contribute to the body of knowledge in this area.
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- McCabe, K. Butterfield & L.Trevino., (2012)., Cheating in college: Why students do it and what can educators do about it., The Johns Hopkins University Press.
- Strom & R.Strom., (2015)., Cheating in middle school and High school., The educational forum.