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Преступление в аудитории. Детерминанты нечестного поведения студентов (плагиата и списывания)

The current study is concerned with determinants of student’s cheating behavior (copying and plagiarism). It was found that there are two groups of variables, which infl uence the prevalence of these practices. The fi rst group includes student’s personal characteristics. We found, that external motivation (for instance, studying only in an attempt to fi nd a well-paid job), lack of understanding, evaluation of punishment as being not very strict, perception of supervision as not being serious, etc. positively affect the scale of cheating. Our fi ndings do not confi rm the assumptions, that there is a connection between frequency of cheating behavior and student’s results at university, academic year of studies, gender, part-time or full-time job. The second group of variables, which — as results of our research illustrate — infl uence frequency of cheating, was found to be external towards students. In particular, this group includes characteristics of teachers. It turned out that competence, a wish to teach, ability to make clear explanations, to awake student’s interest, to make a contact with audience, etc. can lower the prevalence of cheating behavior.