Ethical Issues in Information Technology: Does Education Make a Difference

Ethical Issues in Information Technology: Does Education Make a Difference

Barrie E. Litzky (The Pennsylvania State University, USA) and Effy Oz (The Pennsylvania State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/jicte.2008040106
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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.

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