Strategies on addressing contract cheating: a case study from an Australian regional university

Kong, Eric and Goh, Steven Ching-Nam and Gussen, Benjamen Franklen and Turner, Joanna and Abawi, Lindy-Anne (2017) Strategies on addressing contract cheating: a case study from an Australian regional university. In: Handbook of research on academic misconduct in higher education. Advances in Higher Education and Professional Development. IGI Publishing (IGI Global), pp. 206-228. ISBN 9781522516101


Contract cheating is becoming a real challenge to many universities. Not only is it a relatively new phe-
nomenon, but also it is difficult to prove as the work is often original and unlikely to be detected using
standard anti-plagiarism text-matching services such as Turnitin or Erkund. Using a literature review
approach, this chapter examines why students in general would take risks to engage in contract cheat-
ing and what strategies could be implemented to prevent or lower the chance for them to be engaged in
this type of academic misconduct. An Australian regional university, which is also a leader in distance
learning in the country, was used as a case for this study. The findings and recommendations provide
insights for Australian university policy-makers when developing strategies, procedures and policies to
face this issue. Limitations and future research directions are also discussed.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published Version due to publisher copyright policy. Copyright © 2017, IGI Global.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2016 05:13
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2018 01:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: contract cheating, regional university, law-and-economics
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1499 Other Economics > 149999 Economics not elsewhere classified
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1899 Other Law and Legal Studies > 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9499 Other Law, Politics and Community Services > 949999 Law, Politics and Community Services not elsewhere classified
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1610-l.chOlO

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