Theory of Planned Behaviour in Higher Education: Exploring the Perceptions of Multicultural ESL Students About Cheating

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Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)


The theory of planned behaviour (TPB) is explored in relation to the different aspect of education. However, little work has been undertaken to explore the impact of TPB in the field of English language teaching. The aim of this paper is to understand the possible ways of utilising TPB in English as second language (ESL) classes. This study took place in a variety of private and federal universities in the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and Japan and it evaluated the perceptions of undergraduate students about concepts related to TPB like intention, attitude, subjective norms, social desirability bias, academic writing and the tendency to plagiarise. The study was concerned with the concept of cheating amongst undergraduate students. The approach used for this study was a survey that contained questions about plagiarism, academic writing and the notions of TPB. The sample size was 336 multicultural undergraduate students enrolled in a variety of majors belonging to a variety of ethnic and linguistic background. The quantitative findings of this study indicate that there is a correlation between the intention to cheat and plagiarism instances. Nevertheless, this study highlights the need to further explore TPB in the context of English teaching to ESL students. Finally, this study discusses the necessity to consider the continuous adaptations of teaching and learning environments to create inclusiveness for students and teachers based on the concepts of TPB.

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