ERIC Number: ED447186
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Examination of the Factor Structure of the Cheating Scale.
Newman, Isadore; Waechter, Donna
In an earlier study, I. Newman and D. Waechter (1999) investigated graduate education students' perceptions and attitudes toward cheating in scientific research. A questionnaire was developed that was based on reactions and concerns related to cheating behavior seen in a public television video about faking scientific data. This study examined the factor structure of the developed Cheating Scale, which was administered to 167 graduate education students. Analysis identified a three-factor solution that accounted for approximately 65% of the trace. The factors were identified as Ethical/Critical Evaluation, Academic Pressure, and Human Nature. Students who scored above the median on questions about their personal dishonesty had a more complex (four-factor) factor structure on the Cheating Scale. Males and females had significantly different perceptions of cheating, with females more accepting of these behaviors than males. (Contains 20 tables and 13 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, October 25-28, 2000).