The Relations Among Religion, Motivation, and College Cheating: A Natural Experiment

TitleThe Relations Among Religion, Motivation, and College Cheating: A Natural Experiment
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsRettinger, DA, Jordan, AE
JournalEthics & Behavior
Volume15
Issue2
Pagination107-129
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number10508422
Accession Number18191539
KeywordsAcademic , CHEATING , COLLEGE , education , Misconduct , motivation , religiosity , RELIGIOUSNESS , STUDENTS
AbstractA natural experiment was conducted studying the relations among student cheating, motivation, religiosity, and attitudes toward cheating. Students enrolled in a dual religious/college curriculum were surveyed regarding their cheating behavior, attitudes toward cheating, religiosity, and learning/grade motivations toward classes. Business and liberal arts college students were represented. Results strongly support the following conclusions. First, grade orientation is associated with increases in self-reported cheating. Second, among these religious students, more religiosity correlates with reduced reports of cheating in all courses. This result appears to be due to the unique effect of religion on self-reported cheating rates and, depending on course content, on a reduction of grade orientation in religious students. Third, business students report more cheating than their liberal arts counterparts, even when taking the same courses. They have less critical attitudes toward cheating and greater grade orientation, both of which statistically contribute to this difference, but other factors are involved as well.
NotesRettinger, David A. 1; Email Address: rettinge@ymail.yu.edu Jordan, Augustus E. 2; Affiliation: 1: Department of Psychology, Yeshiva University 2: Department of Psychology, Middlebury College; Source Info: Apr2005, Vol. 15 Issue 2, p107; Subject Term: STUDENTS -- Attitudes; Subject Term: CHEATING (Education); Subject Term: COLLEGE students; Subject Term: MOTIVATION (Psychology); Subject Term: RELIGIOUSNESS; Author-Supplied Keyword: academic integrity; Author-Supplied Keyword: cheating; Author-Supplied Keyword: motivation; Author-Supplied Keyword: religiosity; Number of Pages: 23p; Illustrations: 1 Diagram, 1 Chart; Document Type: Article
URLhttp://www.eacfaculty.org/pchidester/Eng%20102f/Plagiarism/Religion,%20Motivation,%20and%20College%20Cheating.pdf
DOI10.1207/s15327019eb1502_2
Short TitleThe Relations Among Religion, Motivation, and College Cheating: A Natural Experiment
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