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ERIC Number: ED534889
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 198
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-2670-0439-0
The Attitudes and Behaviors of Generational Students towards Academic Integrity at the Community College
Christensen, Jeannine M.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
Academic dishonesty is a problem that educators face at all levels of education. Many studies have focused on researching academic dishonesty at four year colleges and universities, ignoring the community college. The purpose of this study was to examine the self-reported attitudes and behaviors of generational students towards academic integrity at the community college. The sample consisted of three generations currently attending a large Midwest community college. In order to gain knowledge of the students' attitudes and behaviors towards academic integrity, McCabe's Academic Integrity Survey was used with a total of 1,331 completed survey questionnaires. The results of the survey indicated that all students self-reported engaging in academic dishonesty at least once and that the Millennial generation demonstrated higher self-reported cheating behaviors over that of Generation X and Baby Boom generations. Also, the findings revealed that the Millennial generation showed a less serious attitude towards academic dishonest behaviors. All generations strongly felt that the faculty members understood and supported the academic integrity policies on campus while the student support and understanding was the lowest. Additionally, all generations reported being informed of the college's academic integrity policies and learning the most from faculty members. The data indicated there were differences found in the generations' perceptions on the prevalence of academic dishonesty occurring on campus. The Baby Boom generation reported that there was less cheating occurring on campus whereas the Millennials perceived more acts of academic dishonesty acts. Overall, the findings suggest that maintaining an academically honest environment can promote academic integrity among students. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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