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Discrimination, Survival and Tradition as Argumentation for Academic Dishonesty

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Over 90% of the students who appeared before the Ethical Conduct Boards of four rural colleges in Israel during the 2002-2007 academic years on charges of academic dishonesty were Israeli minorities, while they only comprised 35% of the academic populations of those colleges. This study examines demographic factors as determinants of academic honesty perceptions among Arab-speaking students in rural colleges in the north of Israel. Three hundred and sixty-seven college students responded to a three-part questionnaire revealing that the Israeli Arab-speaking minority students rely on academic dishonesty as a means of survival in college. Cultural and economic pressures, with high expectation to granduate from their close circle of acquaintances, are behind the desire to succeed, regardless of the means.
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Keywords: Israel; academic dishonesty; college; ethnic minorities

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2013

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