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A Case of Cheating?


Clyde Freeman Herreid
Department of Biological Sciences
University at Buffalo


This case is based upon a real experience. It is written as an exercise for faculty to discuss, perhaps in a brown bag seminar at lunch time. In many ways it represents a rather common type of problem, cheating—what to do about it and how to prevent it. What makes the case more interesting is the cultural questions it raises and the issues associated with the use of peer evaluation and cooperative learning strategies in general.

  • To examine the issue of cultural bias on the part of students and teachers in a classroom case of cheating.
  • To examine the use of peer evaluation in a grading scheme.
  • To examine the advantages and disadvantages of cooperative learning, especially team learning, in a science course.
Keywords: Cheating; team learning; cooperative learning; small group learning; cultural bias; multicultural; peer evaluation
Topical Area: Ethics, Social issues
Educational Level: Graduate, Professional (degree program), Continuing education, Faculty development
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Dilemma/Decision, Discussion
Language: English
Subject Headings: Teacher Education   Science Education  
Date Posted: 12/03/06
Date Modified:
Copyright: Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.

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