Taxonomy of corruption in higher education

Rumyantseva, Nataliya L. (2005) Taxonomy of corruption in higher education. Peabody Journal of Education, 80, (1), 81-92. (doi:10.1207/S15327930pje8001_5).


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This article explores the phenomenon of corruption that has become common in higher education in developing countries around the world. Cases of educational corruption include, among others, paying bribes for grades, buying diplomas, and admissions to universities. An available body of literature on educational corruption does not provide sufficient insight on the nature and structure of the phenomenon. This article attempts to fill in the gaps by developing the taxonomy of corruption in higher education. This taxonomy distinguishes educational-specific corruption from that common to any public sector by identifying corruption that directly and indirectly involves students. Moreover, this article distinguishes different types of educational-specific corruption depending on the area of occurrence and the agents involved. This classification disaggregates the complex phenomenon of corruption in higher education and develops common understanding of its structure and possible agreement on definitions. Different types of corruption may require different theoretical and methodological approaches if research is to be conducted on educational corruption. Deconstruction of corruption in higher education serves as a tool for further research.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1207/S15327930pje8001_5
ISSNs: 0161-956X (print)
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Keywords: corruption, higher education, academic corruption, bribes
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Leadership, School Improvement and Effectiveness
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Management
ePrint ID: 65912
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
January 2005Published
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2009
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:51

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