ERIC Number: ED353324
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
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Assessing Teacher Education Students' Propensity toward Academic Misconduct.
Ferrell, Charlotte M.
This study assessed whether the Academic Misconduct Survey (AMS) can distinguish groups of teacher education students relative to their propensity toward various forms of misconduct. Focus was on identifying clusters of persons within each school who had a propensity toward the various academic misconduct constructs. The AMS includes 41 Likert-type items that measure academic misconduct across 5 constructs. In the spring of 1991, the AMS was administered to 90 undergraduate teacher education students enrolled in foundations of education classes in 1 large urban state university, 1 small rural state university, and 1 small private religious college in the southern United States. Data from 15 students in each school were used in the analyses, for a total sample of 45 students. Separate Q-technique factor analytic procedures were conducted for each sample. Several identifiable person factors emerged across these various analyses. Similarities in results across the three samples suggest that the results are due to systematic differences in people rather than spurious correlations attributable to sample bias. Students across the three schools give higher ratings to items pertaining to quasi-misconduct, cheating on tests and assignments, and use of illegal resources. There were fewer occurrences of use of illegal resources. Individuals across schools gave lower ratings to items related to subtle manipulation and bold manipulation. Six tables and an appendix listing AMS items are included. (Author/RLC)
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Cheating, Cluster Analysis, Comparative Testing, Education Majors, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Integrity, Likert Scales, Predictor Variables, Preservice Teacher Education, Q Methodology, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Test Use, Undergraduate Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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