SUMMA, MAGNA O CUM…OPYA: College Students’ Valuation of Academic Integrity and Communication Technology Functions in a Technology-Enhanced Academic Environment

SUMMA, MAGNA O CUM…OPYA: College Students’ Valuation of Academic Integrity and Communication Technology Functions in a Technology-Enhanced Academic Environment

Use of technology for fulfillment of academic tasks is changing the learning processes of College students in terms of their valuation of academic integrity. Guided by the Social Cognitive Theory, Theory of Planned Behavior and the Uses and Gratifications Theory, this study looks at how students’ value orientation determines their adherence to academic integrity as facilitated by a technology-enhanced academic environment.

Four universities in Metro Manila were purposively selected for the respondents and participants of the self-administered surveys and dyad in-depth interviews, respectively. This study validates previous researches that faculty attitudes and institutional environment affect the student’s level of adherence and mindset towards academic integrity. However, this study shows that institutional and cognitive values are not sole determinants of behaviors as exhibited by the dissonance between the students’ cognition and behavior. Hence, college students’ cognitive beliefs and value orientation about academic integrity do not immediately translate to a corresponding behavioral adherence to academic conduct.

In terms of the function of specific technologies, it is found that these technologies are neutral; however, the dichotomy of functionality depends on the students’ intention based on the situation and opportunities available. Furthermore, specific strategies for in-class cheating and technology-aided behaviors are also discussed.

Mariano, J. & Teresa, J. (2010). Summa, Magna, o Cum…opya: College Students’ Valuation of Academic Integrity and Communication Technology Functions in a Technology-Enhanced Academic Environment, Unpublished Undergraduate Thesis, University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication.

View Thesis in: College Students’ Valuation of Academic Integrity and Communication Technology Functions in a Technology-Enhanced Academic Environment