Cheating in an Academic Environment
Pressures from society to obtain a successful career require achieving an education in most cases. In today's economy having a thriving career could depend on our educational background as part of the ingredient to fuel our lifestyles. Students attending high school or college can relate to the pressures of sustaining adequate grades. Students who are overwhelmed with trying to maintain higher GPA standards push the academic barriers using technology to cheat. Our society is more advanced with technology such as computers, cell phones, text message systems, as well as various other electronic devices that could provide the avenue for a desperate student seeking a way to cheat in order to receive a higher GPA score. According to Ad Council (1999),"Grades, rather than education, have become the major focus of many students" (Ad Council, 1999). For those students in high school maintaining high GPA's could equal college scholarship programs needed to attend college. Students with peer pressures as well as pressures from parents to achieve higher grades could thrust students who are not motivated to study, to resort to cheating as an easy solution to an unethical problem. This research paper will discuss ways in which students are using technology to cheat. Other aspects of this paper will include statistics on academic cheating as well as ways instructors are catching students cheating. The pros and cons after using cheating detection programs as well as statistics that show significant changes after using the detection programs will also be discussed.
Furthermore, when we hear about students cheating using high technology in the classroom, we often wonder how this is happening. Students no longer use scribbles on the hand, glance over at the next students, or writing under their hat rim as cheat sheets. These new technology forms of cheating are otherwise known as "crib sheets". In addition, students are using their cell phones to instant message questions and answers as well as storing notes on their graphing calculators. Other devices are camera phones, text messaging, PDA's that are also being used. In a California High school, students used a device called a KEYKatcher; a battery-sized cheating device used to record computer keystrokes, to capture a teacher's password and steal tests and answers. Students create what is otherwise known as" crib sheets" ( J.D. Heyman, 2005).
Downloading from the internet is the most common form of cheating that takes place today (Heyman, 2005). Several internet sites such as Duenow.com,
Monsterpapers.com offer students, for a fee, a large selection of papers. In class cheating has become so common that it has become "normal" in some cases, states an anonymous student from Rutgers University (Current Events, 2004). Some students will do what it takes to succeed in life even if that means cheating. The important thing is that the students want...