About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

The Psychology Behind Pupils Who Don't Cheat Revealed

by Hannah Punitha on August 18, 2008 at 6:08 PM
Font : A-A+

 The Psychology Behind Pupils Who Don't Cheat Revealed

Students who score high on measures of courage, empathy and honesty are less likely than others to have cheated in the past, and to intend to cheat in the future, according to a study at one Ohio university.

Most of the students who reported less cheating during the study were also found to believe that their fellow pupils did not commit academic dishonesty regularly.

Advertisement

Sara Staats, co-author of the research and professor of psychology at Ohio State University's Newark campus, said that students who did not cheat had a more positive view of others.

"They don't see as much difference between themselves and others," Staats said.

The researchers also revealed that pupils who scored lower on courage, empathy and honesty, and were more likely to report that they have cheated, saw other students as cheating much more often than they did, rationalizing their own behaviour.
Advertisement

Staats said the continuing research project she has undertaken with Assistant Professor Julie Hupp and undergraduate Psychology student Heidi Wallace, both at Ohio State-Newark, aimed to find out more about the students who did not cheat-and were called "academic heroes".

"Students who don't cheat seem to be in the minority, and have plenty of opportunities to see their peers cheat and receive the rewards with little risk of punishment. We see avoiding cheating as a form of everyday heroism in an academic setting," she said while presenting her findings in Boston at two poster sessions at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association.

The research also suggested that the academic heroes would feel more guilt if they cheated compared to non-heroes.

"The heroes didn't rationalize cheating the way others did, they didn't come up with excuses and say it was OK because lots of other students were doing it," Staats said.

The researchers say that one reason to study cheating at colleges and universities is to try to figure out ways to reduce academic dishonesty.

They conceded that more work needs to be done to identify the best ways to prevent cheating, but insist that the present research, with its focus on positive psychology, suggests one avenue.

"We need to do more to recognize integrity among our students, and find ways to tap into the bravery, honest and empathy that was found in the academic heroes in our study," Staats said.

Source: ANI
SPH
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Advertisement
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Memory Loss - Can it be Recovered?
International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021 - Fighting for Rights in the Post-COVID Era
Effect of Blood Group Type on COVID-19 Risk and Severity
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.


Recommended Reading
Memory Enhancement Methods for Students
Using Reiki, yoga exercises or naturopathy methods students can improve Memory....
Know The Secret to Guaranteeed Academic Success for Your Child
A new research says that regulating the childs' homework routine would guarantee academic success ....
Risk of Addiction Prompts Anti-gambling Measures for OZ Kids
New counselling measures to counter the risk of gambling addictions among children as young as 13 .....

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use