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A Case of Cheating?


Author(s)

Clyde Freeman Herreid
Department of Biological Sciences
University at Buffalo
herreid@buffalo.edu

Abstract

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.


Objectives

  • 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 Areas

Ethics, Social issues

Educational Level

Graduate, Professional (degree program), Continuing education, Faculty development

Format

PDF

Type / Methods

Dilemma/Decision, Discussion

Language

English

Subject Headings

Teacher Education  |   Science Education  |  


Date Posted

12/03/06

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