Cheating 101: Ethics as a Lab Course

Teaching Philosophy 26 (2):131-145 (2003)
What is the point of teaching about abortion, euthanasia, and capital punishment, if the students are cheating in the course? As much as eighty per cent of our students cheat. Cheating is the norm. Furthermore, ethics courses are not immune. I decided, therefore, to seize the bull by the horns and challenge my ethics students not to cheat. I employed a form of so-called contract grading, which placed the burden of honesty on the students instead of the usual cat-and-mouse of teacher enforcement. Herein I report on the results of this ten-year experiment
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DOI 10.5840/teachphil200326230
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