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ERIC Number: EJ1039435
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1381-2890
Committed to the Honor Code: An Investment Model Analysis of Academic Integrity
Dix, Emily L.; Emery, Lydia F.; Le, Benjamin
Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, v17 n1 p179-196 Mar 2014
Educators worldwide face challenges surrounding academic integrity. The development of honor codes can promote academic integrity, but understanding how and why honor codes affect behavior is critical to their successful implementation. To date, research has not examined how students' "relationship" to an honor code predicts academic integrity. The present study examined a range of outcomes related to academic integrity and commitment to an honor code from the perspectives of Rusbult's ("J Exp Soc Psychol" 16,172-186, 1980) investment model and social norms. Students at a liberal arts college completed a questionnaire assessing honor code commitment, satisfaction, alternatives, investments, injunctive norms, descriptive norms, and three outcome behaviors: upholding the honor code, willingness to sacrifice for the honor code, and honor code involvement. Investments, satisfaction, and injunctive norms predicted honor code commitment, and both investments and commitment predicted all three self-reported outcomes. Honor code commitment mediated most associations between its predictor variables and the outcomes of interest. This study identifies a theoretical framework for understanding academic integrity through the lens of honor code commitment, and implications of these results for academic settings are discussed. In particular, investments and injunctive norms have broad relevance for creating values-driven school cultures.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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