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ERIC Number: EJ1122521
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2222-1735
Factors Affecting Cheating-Behavior at Undergraduate-Engineering
Starovoytova, Diana; Namango, Saul
Journal of Education and Practice, v7 n31 p66-82 2016
This study is a fraction of a larger research on cheating in exams at the School of Engineering (SOE). The study design used a descriptive survey approach and a document analysis. A designed confidential self report questioner was applied as the main instrument for this study, with the sample size of 100 subjects, and a response rate of 95%. The tool was pre-tested to ensure its validity and reliability. The study focused on the Attribution Theory and the Pareto principle. The data collection instrument was subjected to the statistical analysis to determine its reliability via Cronbach's alpha coefficient, and found high inter-item consistency (a > 0.9). The major results of this study revealed that 65% of respondents declared that cheating is, in fact, a common phenomenon in the SOE; 60% of students also affirmed, that it is, actually, difficult to eradicate cheating in examinations in the SOE; and 70% of students acknowledged that they use mobile phones to Google or to assess notes, during examinations. The results also illustrate that cheating, undeniably, is a very real issue of massive concern at SOE; accordingly, several recommendations to fight cheating were given and areas for further research were identified as well. The findings of the study would potentially help in curriculum development and delivery approaches, and for the improvement of the exciting or establishment of new academic integrity policies, which would, in turn, limit the growing tendency by candidates, to seek short cuts to good grades, in their academic endeavors.
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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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Identifiers - Location: Kenya
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