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Volume :6 Issue : 22 1989      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

The Measurement of Instructors and students Attitude toward cheating at Kuwait University

Auther : Jasim Al-Kandari & Ghanim Al-Najar & Bader Al-Issa

Cheating has become a become a phenomenal threat to the whole academic system. Al Kuwait University for instance 23 students (male and female) were prohibited from registering for 1987/88 second term, because they cheated.

To define and know the causes of this problem, then find the solution, we have to diagnose this phenomena and know the main factors and ways the students follow, then where the students and instructors stand toward cheating, and how far effective are the rules and regulations for this cheating.

The tools we used for this study (or research) were two questionnaires, one for students (sample 1075 or 8% of the enrollement) the other for the instructors (sample 98 or 10% of the whole faculty members).

The result of the study was the lack of sound supervision, and respect between student nd instructor, made it easy for students to cheat. All these results were agreed upon by 83% of the two samples. 89% of the students and 49% of the instructors both also agreed that they were not familiar with the rules nd regulation concerning cheating. 59% of the instructors believed that the cheating increased more during tests than any other test, and 61% of the students agreed upon that. both agreed that the most populor way of cheating is the Burshams (copying from tiny printed or hand written papes of information hidden inside the sleeves or pockets).

We found out that 65% or the students practiced cheating during their schooling years and that the college, situation, gender and age have a geat deal to do with practicing cheating. Among the colleges, we found out that cheating is the highest at the college of Allied Health, Science and Nursing (77%) and College of Sharia was the lowest (39%).

It appeared to us from the students answers that cheating is common during secondary school years and that there was no correlation between cheating and the unit credit system.

The motives for cheating were: The length of the course, the kind of questions, desire for higher grades and lack of supervision.

It was clear to us from the instructors (65%) that the Kuwaiti students cheat more than anyother students.

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