Christensen or ‘academic misconduct’ being done by students

Christensen Hughes and McCabe (2006) noted: “Several studies have also found that academic misconduct is very common amongst university-bound high school students. In a multi-campus survey of over 6000 students from 35 U.S. universities, Davis et al. (1992) found that between 51% and 83% of university students reported having cheated in high school.” (p.3)The idea that there would evidence of plagiarism or ‘academic misconduct’ being done by students who are planning to pursue university I think is interesting in the context of understanding when or why the behaviour developed especially there being such a high rate of the behavior reported.I feel that plagiarism might be a growing issue due the emphasis being placed on students to perform academically well in courses that sometimes are unclear on how it is furthering individual academic or career goals.  There is in my opinion an heightened idea that in order to have a successful career one must complete at minimum a bachelor’s degree in something.  It can also be an issue of understanding how a career really works, being an older student in my late 20’s I find that the majority of my peers in my classes have little to no work experience and have little frame of reference for the need develop interpersonal skills or try and do co-op placements that will give relatable work experience rather than focusing on ‘grades’ that after post-secondary can for the majority of professions with have little bearing on your ability to perform a job.  When I initially graduated from high school I went into a certification program for being a Care Aide that meant there was real world consequences for not learning a skill myself. It also meant the majority of my classes had very clear guidelines on skills or knowledge that I needed to be able to show competence in, in order to achieve a passing grade. However being back in post-secondary for the second time I can see how students especially students having come straight from high school don’t have a clear frame of reference for the consequences of failing to properly learn something or the professional consequences of passing work off as your own. Another reason is also I feel the financial debt that many students go into to accomplish their academic goals and the need to not lose student loan status by failing courses could also be an extremely strong motivator. If a student needs to take time off from school for failing to maintain the necessary GPA, they will be stuck paying off loans for a degree that they were unable to complete. Reference:Christensen Hughes, J., & McCabe, D. (2006). Academic Misconduct within Higher Education in                        Canada. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 36(2), 1-21.