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Cheating & Lying
This is about breaking social rules:
The Economics of Cheating:
•Continual problem at all educational institutions
•30 – 40% of students cheat
•In experiments, moral appeal had no effect whatsoever
•More “loveable” and “understanding” the instructor, the more cheating occurs
•Most in need of mark are more likely to cheat
•Still, “no one is honest or dishonest by nature”
oIndividual asks: What are the gains & losses from cheating?
Cost to Cheater:
•But what if there is “no” conscience
oEquals no internal constraints
oInternal vs. External constraints
•Amoral students may cheat under the right circumstances (Which?)
oOnly if the chances of getting caught are small
•An immoral student may not cheat under certain circumstances (Which?)
oIf chances of getting caught are high
Cost to Other Students:
•Who is hurt most by student(s) cheating?
•Is the professor hurt by the cheating?
•It’s a cost to others because it de-values other students’ achievement
•Students should strongly oppose cheating by fellow students
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