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Integrity and Learning: Enhancing Workability and Student Performance Outcomes

17 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2012  

Steven C. Isberg

University of Baltimore - Department of Finance and Economics

Tomas Thundiyil

Central Michigan University; Texas A&M University - Department of Management

Robert H. Owen

University of Arizona

Date Written: September 18, 2012

Abstract

This paper uses a positive model of integrity to assess the impact of the practice of integrity on student learning outcomes. The model posits integrity as honoring one's word, and provides a very clear and specific definition of what constitutes one's word. The model is then implemented in a classroom setting, where the degree to which students honor their word is measured. Subsequent statistical tests demonstrate that higher levels of integrity are associated with superior classroom performance, even after controlling for factors such as incoming grade point average and personality traits.

Keywords: integrity, assessment of learning outcomes, pedagogy

JEL Classification: A20

Suggested Citation

Isberg, Steven C. and Thundiyil, Tomas and Owen, Robert H., Integrity and Learning: Enhancing Workability and Student Performance Outcomes (September 18, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2148783 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2148783

Steven C. Isberg (Contact Author)

University of Baltimore - Department of Finance and Economics ( email )

1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
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Tomas Thundiyil

Central Michigan University ( email )

Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
United States

Texas A&M University - Department of Management ( email )

430 Wehner
College Station, TX 77843-4218
United States

Robert H. Owen

University of Arizona ( email )

AZ
United States
6026255499 (Phone)

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