Research in Higher Education

, Volume 49, Issue 5, pp 451–467 | Cite as

Academic Dishonesty in the Middle East: Individual and Contextual Factors

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Abstract

Little work has been done on academic dishonesty in the Middle East. This research investigates the nature of the relationship between contextual factors and academic dishonesty using a sample from three private universities in Lebanon, and compares the results to a sample from seven large universities in the US. Using the basic model of McCabe et al. (Research in Higher Education 43(3):357–378, 2002), we found additional evidence for the strong role perception of peers’ behavior plays in understanding student decisions concerning academic integrity. Cross cultural comparisons of attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors regarding academic dishonesty were pivotal in this research. Our results support the view that Lebanese university students are strongly influenced by the norms of the collectivist society in which they are raised as compared to the more individualistic society found in the United States.

Keywords

Academic integrity Middle East Individual factors Contextual factors 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald L. McCabe
    • 1
  • Tony Feghali
    • 2
  • Hanin Abdallah
    • 2
  1. 1.Rutgers Business SchoolNewarkUSA
  2. 2.Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, American University of BeirutBeirutLebanon

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