n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Development and construction of attitude towards examination cheating and examination cheating behaviour scales




This paper reports the development and construction of a 14-item attitude towards cheating scales and 18-item cheating behaviour scale are reported. Cheating or academic dishonesty is one of the problem plaguing students in its entirety. Two scales were developed to measure students' attitude towards the phenomenon and the extent to which they actually engage in it. A total of 250 students (96 males [38.4%] and 152 [60.8%] females) responded to the Attitude towards Examination Cheating (ATEC) and Examination Cheating Behaviour (ECB) scales. The ATEC scale had a reliability coefficient alpha of 0.83 and a Spearman- Brown split half coefficient of 0.76 while the ECB scale had a reliability coefficient alpha of 0.91 and a Spearman Brown split half of 0.89. Results supporting the intended measure's reliability and the implications for students in general are discussed.


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