ERIC Number: ED360370
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
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Assessing Graduate Education Students' Propensity toward Academic Misconduct.
Ferrell, Charlotte M.; Ferguson, William F.
Researchers have often noted the desirability of investigating the incidence of academic misconduct of college students who will be in employment fields requiring a high level of competence and/or a high level of personal integrity, such as elementary school and secondary school teachers. The Academic Misconduct Survey (AMS) developed by Charlotte M. Ferrell (1992) was studied as a way of distinguishing groups of graduate education students relative to their propensity for various forms of misconduct (including cheating on tests and assignments, use of illegal resources, quasi-misconduct, subtle manipulation, and bold manipulation). Forty-one graduate students in master's and doctoral degree programs at a southern university completed the instrument. Separate principal components Q-technique factor analytic procedures were conducted with data from master's (n=20) and doctoral (n=21) cohorts. These analyses indicate that subjects' responses to the AMS items serve as an effective means of distinguishing clusters of individuals relative to the academic misconduct constructs measured by the instrument. Person factors that emerged share many of the same characteristics. Findings confirm those of Ferrell (1992) using a different data collection technique and item stem. Appendix A lists the factors and Appendix B is the data sheet. Five tables present study findings. (Contains 50 references.) (SLD)
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