moral development and cheating in schools

This is a really interesting article called “To cheat or not to cheat: Effects of moral perspective and situational variables on students’ attitudes,” published in The Journal of Moral Education.

The study surveyed Israeli secondary-school students, and the findings are very revealing about what student think about cheating.  One clear takeaway for me is that many students see cheating as wrong in the sense that it’s a “violation of convention” but that it’s not a moral deviation.  And this may, the author argues, explain the lack of guilt.  This helps me understand the process by which many college students rationalize, as Donald McCabe found in his studies, their cheating behaviors in their own minds.





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