Title

The Impact Of Unethical Reasoning On Different Types Of Academic Dishonesty: An Exploratory Study

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2008

Publication Title

Journal of College Teaching & Learning

DOI

https://doi.org/10.19030/tlc.v5i12.1211

ISSN

2157-894X

Abstract

This paper offers support that those students who felt they had stronger reasons for committing unethical academic behaviors are more likely to report committing academic dishonesty than those who felt they had weaker reasons for unethical academic behaviors. This relationship held for all four categories of academic dishonesty: cheating (on tests), seeking outside help, plagiarism (on papers), and E-cheating (electronic cheating on tests). This suggests that students are rationalizing their academic dishonest behaviors and those students who feel they have stronger reasons for committing academic dishonesty are more likely to be academically dishonest.

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