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Contrasting the Cheating Behaviors of College Students from the United States and Japan

Author: RICHARD A. BERNARDI, JENNIFER L. GIULIANO, EMI KOMATSU, BRYANNE M. POTTER, and SHUHEI YAMAMOTO
Published in GVER, Vol. 5 No. 4

Prior research on cheating lacks an international dimension. To our knowledge no one
has compared ethics among countries. Our participants are students attending colleges or
universities in Japan or the United States. The sample includes 318 students: 148 students from
Japan and 170 from the US. Approximately 54% (46%) of the participants were female (male)
students from a variety of majors. Our findings were consistent with those of Bernardi et al.
(2004) with respect to the gender and the Academic Integrity Index; however, the scores on the
Academic Honesty Scale were not significant for any of the three cheating histories we tested.
We also found that differences in cheating behavior exist between the two countries (cultures).

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