Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 1998

Full Length Research Paper

Examining the relationship between pre-service teachers’ ethical reasoning levels and their academic dishonesty levels: A structural equation modelling approach

Department of Primary Class Teacher AD, Faculty of Education, Nigde University, Nigde, Turkey.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 02 October 2011
  •  Published: 19 November 2011


Academic dishonesty has recently been described as an epidemic illness and a phenomenon to be definitely prevented. Accordingly, prospective teachers are expected to have high ethical judgement levels. The section who suffers most from academic dishonesty is also teachers who serve in various ranks. Individuals with high ethical judgement levels are expected to have low dishonesty levels. In this sense, ethical judgement levels are thought to have a predictor effect on academic dishonesty levels. In this study, the data is collected from 1553 prospective teachers in two universities. The results of the study have supported the hypotheses that ethical judgement levels, genders and accommodations of prospective teachers significantly predict their academic dishonesty levels while the hypothesis that universities, departments and class levels of prospective teachers have a significant effect on their academic dishonesty levels is proven wrong.
Key words: Academic dishonesty, ethical reasoning, prospective teacher.