Ethical Academic Judgments and Behaviors: Applying a Multidimensional Ethics Scale to Measure the Ethical Academic Behavior of Graduate Students

TitleEthical Academic Judgments and Behaviors: Applying a Multidimensional Ethics Scale to Measure the Ethical Academic Behavior of Graduate Students
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsYang, SChing
JournalEthics & Behavior
Date Published2012
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10508422
KeywordsAcademic , analysis , Authorship , Case , comparative , CORRUPTION , Data , Deception , descriptive , EGO , Evaluation , Fraud , Graduate , JAPANESE , Moral , multidimensional , multiple , Organizational , plagiarism , PREDICTIVE , professional , Psychological , Questionnaires , research , SCALE , SCALES , SELF-evaluation , STATISTICS , T-test , TAIWAN
AbstractUsing Reidenbach and Robin's Multidimensional Ethics Scale, this study investigated the relationships between background variables and students' ethical evaluations, judgments, and behavioral intentions using 3 scenarios involving dilemmas related to academic dishonesty.  The study found that the participants used a combination of ethical philosophies to make ethical decisions. The respondents judged improper citations more harshly than acts of inappropriate authorship or the falsification of data. The doctoral students generally considered behaviors related to plagiarism and falsification to be more unethical than the master's students did, though no gender differences were found. 
NotesYang, Shu Ching 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Graduate Institute of Education, National Sun Yat-sen University; Source Info: 2012, Vol. 22 Issue 4, p281; Subject Term: ORGANIZATIONAL behavior; Subject Term: PROFESSIONAL ethics; Subject Term: EVALUATION; Subject Term: DECEPTION; Subject Term: ANALYSIS of variance; Subject Term: COMPARATIVE studies; Subject Term: CORRUPTION; Subject Term: EGO (Psychology); Subject Term: FRAUD; Subject Term: GRADUATE students; Subject Term: JAPANESE; Subject Term: CASE study (Research); Subject Term: PLAGIARISM; Subject Term: QUESTIONNAIRES; Subject Term: RESEARCH -- Finance; Subject Term: SCALE analysis (Psychology); Subject Term: SCALES (Weighing instruments); Subject Term: SELF-evaluation; Subject Term: STATISTICS; Subject Term: T-test (Statistics); Subject Term: DATA analysis; Subject Term: MULTIPLE regression analysis; Subject Term: PREDICTIVE tests; Subject Term: DATA analysis -- Software; Subject Term: DESCRIPTIVE statistics; Subject Term: PSYCHOLOGICAL aspects; Subject Term: MORAL & ethical aspects; Subject Term: TAIWAN; Author-Supplied Keyword: academic dishonesty; Author-Supplied Keyword: authorship and behaviors; Author-Supplied Keyword: data fraud; Author-Supplied Keyword: graduate students; Author-Supplied Keyword: multidimensional ethics scale; Author-Supplied Keyword: plagiarism; NAICS/Industry Codes: 333990 All other general-purpose machinery manufacturing; NAICS/Industry Codes: 333997 Scale and Balance Manufacturing; Number of Pages: 16p; Illustrations: 4 Charts; Document Type: Article