Academy of Educational Leadership Journal (Print ISSN: 1095-6328; Online ISSN: 1528-2643)

Abstract

AELJ_Vol_10_No_1_2006

To determine students' perceptions of the ethicality of selected computer activities, a survey instrument, originally developed and administered in 1994, was administered to 480 business students at a Mid-South university in 2004. Students were provided seven practices related to computer use and were asked to indicate the extent of their ethicality. To determine changes in students' perceptions a decade later, results of the 2004 survey were compared to results of the 1994 study of 450 business students. The practice most often considered unethical in both the 2004 study and the 1994 study was Making a copy of someone else's work and taking credit for the work. All the stated activities were more often perceived as unethical in the 2004 study than in the 1994 study. Statistically significant (<.05) differences were found between students' responses and all three demographic factors in both the 1994 and 2004 studies; gender appeared to be the strongest factor in differences in ratings in both studies.