Study of cheating behavior in Thai undergraduate students
The goal of this study is to investigate cheating behaviors of undergraduate students in Bangkok, Thailand. We studied cheating frequencies, methods of cheating, reasons of cheating, and correlations of cheating with other variables. We found that at least 66 percent of students cheated for themselves and at least 57 percent of students helped other people cheat. The most popular method was talking about the answers during the examination. The most popular reason why students cheated for themselves was to improve their grades. Surprisingly, the most popular reason why students helped other students cheat was thinking that there was no consequence if giving their answers to their peers. The most popular reason to not cheat was a desire to test their ability. Here are the list of correlational findings:
- There was no sex difference in cheating behavior.
- Freshman and Senior cheated for themselves more than Sophomore and Junior. However, there was no difference between helping other students cheat among academic year.
- Natural science major had more likely to cheat than other disciplines.
- Cheaters was more likely to read the testing rules than non-cheaters.
- There was no difference among cheaters and non-cheaters in (a) any of three dimensions of Eysenck's personality, (b) mastery-orientation, (c) performance-orientation, (d) refusal assertiveness, and (e) sensation seeking, as well as among the cheat helpers and nonhelpers.
This project is the part of class project of Research Methods in Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Chulalongkorn University. Chumporn Yongkittikul is the advisor of this study.