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date: 13 November 2019

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This chapter discusses a number of issues related to the relation between lying and education. It argues that there is a historical shift from education being seen as the pursuit of truth for its own sake, to a mere means of obtaining status, influence, and/or employment. The latter development seems to be connected with an increase in student lying and academic dishonesty. The chapter describes this historical shift, efforts in higher education to contain the academic dishonesty, and developmental changes in children that allow them to become effective liars. Moreover, the chapter reviews education theories, practices, and definitions of lying, and concludes with a brief proposal for a new didactic solution to lying.

Keywords: academic dishonesty, developmental psychology, didactics, education theory, higher education, moral education, student lying

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