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Determinants of Academic Dishonesty among Moscow Students
The problem of fraud in the educational system is spreading every day. While in Russia past studies have shed light on the subject they are mostly focused on prevalence of such practices as plagiarism and cheating. Present study is aimed to examine roles of academic self-efficacy, goal orientations and attitudes towards academic dishonesty in predicting academic dishonesty. While employing data collected from 537 students from different Moscow universities, an evaluation of factors was made by constructing multiple linear regressions, where the involvement in academic dishonesty, measured by the original method developed by the author, was used as a dependent variable. Findings indicate statistically significant relationship between rate of involvement in academic dishonesty among students and goal orientations, academic self-efficacy and pro-cheating attitude: the performance goal orientation and the pro-cheating attitude increase the involvement in academic dishonesty, whereas high self-efficacy and mastery goal orientation reduce it. Moreover, the predominance of performance goal orientation over mastery goal orientation weakens the connection between academic self-efficacy and involvement in academic dishonesty.