Ksenija ŠEVCOVA, LCC International University, Lithuania


Students’ Beliefs: Reducing academic dishonesty

This presentation is a summary of a study using the Theory of Planned Behaviour (Ajzen 1985) which was designed to give highly accurate predictions of people’s actions in various contexts. I analysed behavioural, control, and normative beliefs of students at LCC International University. The study focused on students’ perceptions of academic misconduct (cheating practices during written exams) and how the academic environment of LCC International University has changed these perceptions. I discovered that students’ salient beliefs change through time. If they are exposed to values which are clear and consistent, the level of academic dishonesty will decline. However, if there is any inconsistency in the values, after some time, students will resume their cheating practices