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Do Pay-for-Grades Programs Encourage Student Academic Cheating? Evidence from a Randomized Experiment
Li,Tao1; Zhou,Yisu2
2019-03-01
Source PublicationFrontiers of Education in China
ISSN16733533 1673341X
Volume14Issue:1Pages:117-137
AbstractPay-for-grades programs aim to incentivize families and students to engage in specified behaviors given financial remittance. In addition to doubts over its effectiveness, educators worry that monetary incentives could skew student learning motivation and lead to academic cheating. Using a randomized control trial in 11 Chinese primary schools, we studied the effects of pay-for-grades programs on academic cheating. We randomly assigned 82 classrooms into treatment or control conditions, and used a statistical algorithm to determine the occurrence of cheating. While our data indicates a concerning level of cheating overall, our experiment did not find any relationship between academic cheating and the pay-for-grades program. Finally, we discuss the feasibility of such policies in improving learning outcomes and its policy implications.
Keywordcheating China pay-for-grades primary school randomized control trial
DOI10.1007/s11516-019-0005-9
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Language英语
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Education
Corresponding AuthorZhou,Yisu
Affiliation1.Department of Government and Public Administration,Faculty of Social Sciences,University of Macau,,Macao
2.Faculty of Education,University of Macau,,Macao
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Social Sciences
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
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Li,Tao,Zhou,Yisu. Do Pay-for-Grades Programs Encourage Student Academic Cheating? Evidence from a Randomized Experiment[J]. Frontiers of Education in China,2019,14(1):117-137.
APA Li,Tao,&Zhou,Yisu.(2019).Do Pay-for-Grades Programs Encourage Student Academic Cheating? Evidence from a Randomized Experiment.Frontiers of Education in China,14(1),117-137.
MLA Li,Tao,et al."Do Pay-for-Grades Programs Encourage Student Academic Cheating? Evidence from a Randomized Experiment".Frontiers of Education in China 14.1(2019):117-137.
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