Academic dishonesty among Hong Kong secondary school students: Application of theory of planned behaviour

Chester Chun Seng KAM, Ming Tak HUE, Hoi Yan CHEUNG

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Abstract

The theory of planned behaviour was used to examine academic dishonesty among secondary school students in Hong Kong. Participants were 386 students in Forms 1–3 (Grades 7–9). Attitudes toward cheating, perceived behavioural control, and moral obligation were positively related to the intention to cheat, but only the subjective norm against cheating was significantly related to self-reported cheating behaviour. The subjective norm was both a predictor of self-reported cheating and a moderator of the relationship between the intention to cheat and self-reported cheating: the intention predicted the behaviour only when the subjective norm against cheating was perceived to be weak. Copyright © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
LanguageEnglish
Pages945-963
JournalEducational Psychology
Volume38
Issue number7
Early online dateMar 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Citation

Kam, C. C. S., Hue, M. T., & Cheung, H. Y. (2018). Academic dishonesty among Hong Kong secondary school students: Application of theory of planned behaviour. Educational Psychology, 38(7), 945-963. doi: 10.1080/01443410.2018.1454588

Keywords

  • Academic dishonesty
  • Theory of planned behaviour
  • Secondary school students