Why cheat (in school)?
By The Linguist 02-03-2009 10:18 PM
I gave a quiz in my class last week - I'm a college professor. This was just a simple, 5-point quiz meant to check that the students had done the reading assigned for that day and had been paying attention to the previous day's lecture. Basically if you came to class and read what was on the syllabus, you couldn't fail, and if you did fail, it's not a big deal since this quiz counts for so little. One of the questions asked for a definition of a particular slang term that we had discussed in class. As I was grading the quizzes, I noticed one student gave an odd answer to the slang question. A quick search verified my suspicion: he clearly had googled the term during the quiz and gave the response from the first google result.
This is cheating. There is no question that this violates stated policies about academic dishonesty. I'm not interested in debating that. What I want to understand better is why someone would put their academic standing at risk over such a meaningless quiz. I'm not filing any charges against the student, but I know that other professors might make a bigger deal out of this. Depending on his record the student could be put on academic probation for this kind of violation. So, why would he do it?
BTW, this is a class of about 25 students and not in a big lecture hall. He could easily have been caught in the act if I had wanted to walk around the room while they were taking the quiz.
I know that some of you CAGs are college students. So, maybe you can help me understand this student's mindset.
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