Addressing the Elephant in the Classroom: Faculty Perspective on Contract Cheating (76225)

Session Information: Higher Education
Session Chair: Emma Mayhew

Friday, 24 November 2023 12:50
Session: Session 3
Room: Room 604
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Contract cheating, a phenomenon in which a third party completes an assignment, quiz, or homework for students in exchange for a fee, is becoming increasingly prevalent in institutions of higher education. Underpinned by critical theory and social responsibility theory, this study sought to explore faculty members’ perspectives on contract cheating in higher education institutions in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Through a qualitative phenomenological design, eight faculty members from different disciplines, at both public and private universities in the UAE, were purposefully selected and interviewed. The participants were of different nationalities and comprised four male and four female faculty members. Employing thematic analysis, data from interviews were coded through NVivo data analysis software, and later manually analyzed for overarching themes. The study's findings illustrate how contract cheating caused faculty members to report feeling “incensed” about the cases that had been discovered. Additionally, the participating faculty members shared how they possessed a strong sense of social responsibility toward students and the community. The results also elucidated the fact that participants' hesitation in reporting cases of contract cheating was mainly due to the perceived lack of support provided by their respective institutions, in addition to a lack of clear procedures on contract cheating in the ethics manuals. This study concludes with practical recommendations to assist faculty and staff, managers, department heads, and decision makers to mitigate this phenomenon proactively.

Authors:
Mona Aljanahi, United Arab Emirates University, United Arab Emirates
Mohammed Aljanahi, United Arab Emirates University, United Arab Emirates


About the Presenter(s)
Dr Mona Aljanahi is a University Assistant Professor/Lecturer at United Arab Emirates University in United Arab Emirates

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00