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Academic Dishonesty in Egypt: A Nation-wide Study of Students in Higher Education

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  • Menatallah Darrag


    (Faculty of Management Technology, The German University in Cairo)

  • Dina Mohamed Yousri


    (Faculty of Management Technology, The German University in Cairo)

  • Ahmed Badreldin


    (Faculty of Management, University of Marburg, Germany)

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    Academic dishonesty (AD) is an ongoing concern for authorities in higher education, where its importance is manifested in two folds. First, AD negatively affects the integrity and quality of research of individuals and institutions; and secondly it negatively affects the honesty level of the youth with far-reaching consequences for ethics and performance. Although AD is a challenge for all societies, there is strong evidence that developing countries are more prone to suffer from AD than developed countries. This exploratory paper follows similar studies for other countries, addressing the dimension of AD within higher education in Egypt. The results confirm significant levels of AD, with the top practice being to work cooperatively on individually assigned tasks. Interestingly, there are differences between the faculties, but not between public and private institutions. Management students, for example, showed by far the highest willingness to cheat on exams or to plagiarize.

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    Paper provided by The German University in Cairo, Faculty of Management Technology in its series Working Papers with number 31.

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    Length: 25 pages
    Date of creation: May 2012
    Handle: RePEc:guc:wpaper:31
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