Critical Education 2020-05-15T20:04:07-07:00 E. Wayne Ross Open Journal Systems <p><em>Critical Education</em> is an international peer-reviewed journal, which seeks manuscripts that critically examine contemporary education contexts and practices. <em>Critical Education</em> is interested in theoretical and empirical research as well as articles that advance educational practices that challenge the existing state of affairs in society, schools, and informal education.</p> Why Do University Students in the UK Buy Assignments from Essay Mills? 2020-05-15T20:04:07-07:00 Michael Naughton <p>This article considers the growing crisis on a specific form of plagiarism in the UK where students purchase assignments from so called essay mills which they then submit as their own work. It departs from the dominant discourses, however, to highlight the sociological context within which such student plagiarism, termed contract cheating, is occurring. This context revolves around an increasing shortage of graduate jobs and the stress and anxiety caused by the competition for the jobs that are available. It argues that the dominant discourses that simply describe and denounce contract cheating are not only devoid of such a contextual understanding, they work against such an analysis. It concludes that the way to prevent or eradicate such student plagiarism lies not in the criminalisation and punishment of offending businesses or individual miscreates but, rather, in a sociological understanding of why it occurs in the first place, which signals the need for radical reform of the existing social order as it relates to employment and education.</p> 2020-04-07T16:10:24-07:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##