ERIC Number: EJ1109591
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
The Impact of Honour Codes and Perceptions of Cheating on Academic Cheating Behaviours, Especially for MBA Bound Undergraduates
O'Neill, Heather M.; Pfeiffer, Christian A.
Accounting Education, v21 n3 p231-245 2012
Researchers studying academic dishonesty in college often focus on demographic characteristics of cheaters and discuss changes in cheating trends over time. To predict cheating behaviour, some researchers examine the costs and benefits of academic cheating, while others view campus culture and the role which honour codes play in affecting behaviour. This paper develops a model of academic cheating based on three sets of incentives--moral, social and economic--and how they affect cheating behaviours. An on-line survey comprising 61 questions was administered to students from three liberal arts colleges in the USA in spring 2008, yielding 700 responses, with half from colleges with honour codes. Econometric modelling indicates that students ultimately seeking MBA degrees, and those who lack a perception of what constitutes cheating, undertake more cheating, regardless of whether an honour code is in place. Additionally, unless an honour code is embraced by the college community, the existence of an honour code by itself will not reduce cheating.
Descriptors: Cheating, Ethics, Student Behavior, Undergraduate Students, Online Surveys, Liberal Arts, Masters Degrees, Business Administration Education, Grade Point Average, Statistical Analysis, College Entrance Examinations, Scores, Student Characteristics
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)
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