Cheating to Pass the Test Experiment

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During this experiment, we will be testing if children, grades 6th and 8th will be more tempted to cheat on a test if there is some type of reward involved for doing well. During this experiment we will be using candy as a reward if the participate gets a 80% or higher average. What exactly is ‘Cheating’? Well plagiarism, or cheating, is defined, by dictionary, “As an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author's work as one's own, as by not crediting”. This is becoming an epidemic in both colleges as well as high schools across the United States. According to Pew Internet & American Life Project, 55% of college presidents stated there was a noticeable increase of students getting caught for plagiarism, while 89% of that group think technology is to blame. So what are your thoughts? New internet sites make it pretty easy to just ‘buy and essay’, although essay writers of these sites, guarantee these essays are not plagiarized, but yet a student is turning in a essay or report that is not there own work, therefore it is plagiarism. In a survey done by Donald McCabe, Rutgers University, 3% of college students have used one of these ‘Term paper mills’. ( This is not just an issue in colleges, high schools are facing this problem as well. In 2010, 59% of high school students admitted to cheating on a test in the past year, while 34% admitted to committing this crime more that twice. While 95% of students admitted to some form of cheating, whether it was cheating on a test, or just copying homework from another student. (, 2010) The first issue of plagiarism was recorded in 1732, when Benjamin Frank... ... middle of paper ... ...ize they are doing any wrong, as it is a norm in most high schools. While some students may think its is like a competition to ‘outdo’ a classmate, and enjoy the thrill of it, and can't overcome the temptation. (Cheating Upwards, 2012)Others cheat just because they simply don't understand the material, and don't want to draw attention to themselves because they don't understand the material. Nowadays, students are involved in many different extracurricular activity, where its not uncommon for some to be three sport athletes, and this cuts into their ‘study time’ immensely.Its quicker, and easier to simply copy the homework from friends, instead of doing it yourself. Just like many other things, students are obligated to fall for peer pressure, and just like other things, plagiarism is not exempt from this. (Kids and Cheating - The Reasons Behind the Behavior, 2013).

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