A Study of Pakistani Students’ Perceptions about Academic Dishonesty at University level
Academic dishonesty may be seen as a deceitful endeavor to avoid academic rules, principles, practices, traditions, and standards in order to gain illegal benefit. Academic dishonesty is a worldwide concern. The main aim of the study was to identify the perceptions of Pakistani students towards academic dishonesty as well as to find out any differences in their perceptions towards academic dishonesty at university level. The study was quantitative in nature and a survey design was used to investigate the academic dishonesty among students. An adopted questionnaire based on a five point Likert type scale was used to collect the data from three hundred randomly selected respondents. Frequencies, percentages, Mean, Standard deviation, independent sample t-test, and One Way ANOVA were used to analyze the data. The major findings of the study revealed that half of the participants think that cheaters are considered to be smart people in the country. Moreover, students cheat as they desire to earn good grades in exams and it is in line with the general trend in the society. Teachers may motivate their students to focus on learning rather than grades only. They may help their students overcome their fear of failure in order to reduce the practices of academic dishonesty.