Measuring education majors' perceptions of academic misconduct: An item response theory perspective

Kenneth D Royal, Jonathon V Parrent, Ryan P Clark


The purpose of this study was to construct a psychometric ruler that illustrates university undergraduate education majors' perceptions of academic misconduct. A survey consisting of 38 items that pertain to issues of academic misconduct were administered to an undergraduate sample at a large state university. Utilising Rasch measurement analyses to construct objective measures, students' responses were modeled along a truly linear and equal interval continuum to produce a hierarchy of perceived academic offenses. Results and policy implications are discussed.

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