Ethical issues in information technology: Does education make a difference?

Barrie E. Litzky, Effy Oz

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Abstract

This research examines the impact of education on the ethical decision-making outcomes of adult learners in the area of information technology (IT). This study sheds light on the research question "Does IT ethics education make a difference?", and more specifically, "Do ethics courses influence decisions regarding IT ethical issues in adult learners?" In a field study of 78 pre- and post-test surveys, we found that graduate students who took a course in IT ethics made different decisions than those made at the start of the term, for 2 of 6 ethical issues. The ethical issues described in this article are particularly relevant in today's knowledge economy. Implications for IT ethics education and future research in the area are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-83
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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