Joy Chioma Odogwu, Nathaniel Lotanna Madubugwu, Genevieve Chijedo Adonai-Okonkwo


This study investigated the perceived influence of self-esteem and motivation as predictors of academic dishonesty of students in public secondary school in Anambra State Two research questions and two null hypotheses guided the study. Conceptual, theoretical and empirical studies were reviewed. The study adopted a correlational research design aimed at determining self-esteem and motivation as predictors of academic dishonesty of students in Anambra State public secondary school. The study was carried out in Anambra State of Nigeria. The population of the study comprised 19606 senior secondary two (SS2) students. The sample consisted of 711 SS2 students drawn from population.   Three instrument adopted by the researcher were used for data collection. The face validity of the instruments were established by three experts. The instruments were trial-tested on a representative sample of 30 students. Cronbach Alpha method was used to determine the internal consistency of the items in the instruments. The results gave Alpha coefficient values of .80 for SES, .73 for MS and .77 for ADS. The data collected were analyzed using Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficient (PPMCC)  analysis. The results of the study revealed among others that self-esteem significantly predicts academic dishonesty among secondary school students in Anambra State. The result further showed that Students’ motivation significantly predicts their academic dishonesty in secondary school students in Anambra State. The study concludes that self-esteem and motivation significantly predicts academic dishonesty in Awka, Anambra state. Some recommendations were made among which include Parents, teachers and guidance counsellors should try to encourage positive attitude to school in students in order to enhance their self esteem through parental support, provision of school stationeries and creating an enabling school environment for students in other to avoid academic dishonesty. Students should be motivated by teachers to develop a healthy attitude to school and to school activities by creating an enabling environment for students, as this can possibly discourage students’ academic dishonesty. Parents should monitor and supervise their children’s academic activities in order to discourage their children form academic dishonesty.


Self Esteem, Motivation and Academic Dishonesty

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