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Are competition and extrinsic motivation reliable predictors of academic cheating?

Orosz, Gábor and Farkas, Dávid and Roland-Lévy, Christine (2013) Are competition and extrinsic motivation reliable predictors of academic cheating? Frontiers in Educational Psychology, 4 (87). pp. 1-16.

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Abstract

Previous studies suggest that extrinsic motivation and competition are reliable predictors of academic cheating. The aim of the present questionnaire study was to separate the effects of motivation- and competition-related variables on academic cheating by Hungarian high school students (N = 620, M = 264, F = 356). Structural equation modeling showed that intrinsic motivation has a negative effect, and amotivation has a positive indirect effect on self-reported academic cheating. In contrast, extrinsic motivation had no significant effect. Indirect positive influence on cheating, based on some characteristics of hypercompetition, was also found, whereas attitudes toward self-developmental competition had a mediated negative influence. Neither constructive nor destructive competitive classroom climate had a significant impact on academic dishonesty. Acceptance of cheating and guilt has significant and direct effect on self-reported cheating. In comparison with them, the effects of motivational and competition-related variables are relatively small, even negligible. These results suggest that extrinsic motivation and competition are not amongst the most reliable predictors of academic cheating behavior.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion / filozófia, pszichológia, vallás > BF Psychology / lélektan
Depositing User: Dávid Farkas
Date Deposited: 29 May 2013 13:52
Last Modified: 29 May 2013 13:52
URI: http://real.mtak.hu/id/eprint/5351

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