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ERIC Number: EJ791789
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6283
Keeping up with the Joneses: Students' Perceptions of Academically Dishonest Behavior
Engler, Jennifer N.; Landau, Joshua D.; Epstein, Maya
Teaching of Psychology, v35 n2 p99-102 Apr 2008
To understand undergraduate perceptions of academic dishonesty and honor codes, our participants estimated the likelihood that they, their friends, and the average college student would plagiarize or cheat on tests. Undergraduates reported that the average college student was most likely to cheat, their friends would be less likely to cheat, and they themselves would be the least likely to cheat. They did not believe that an honor code would have a large effect on their cheating behaviors, but it would reduce the cheating behaviors of their friends and the average student. We discuss these results in the context of social norms research. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A