Honesty and cheating during university study

Marek Preiss, Alena Nohavová, Iva Stuchlíková


The authors analyze honesty and cheating during university studies in relations to work, social and economic variables. In two pilot studies the authors focused on four topics – 1. attitudes of university students to cheating; 2. relation between cheating and work values among university students; 3. connection between cheating and religiosity; 4. relation between cheating and some socio-economic variables. Using two datasets they found high frequency of cheating among Czech university students in comparison with their American colleagues and the stability of findings in samples 2011 and 2012. Differences between honest and dishonest students were found in some variables of the Survey of Work Values (Wollack et al., 1971). Honest students had higher score in Activity Preference and Job Involvement, dishonest students had higher score in Social Status and Attitude Towards Earnings. No relation between cheating and religiosity was found. On archive data (Teixeira a Rocha, 2010) authors consider relations between cheating and some socio-economic variables – Gross Domestic Produkt, Corruption Perception Index, Human Development Index and Education Index. They also consider relations with economic development, perception of corruption, level of human development and education.

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cheating, academy, honesty, work values, religiosity


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