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In the Fall of 1994, the Computer Science Department at Coastal Carolina University (Conway, South Carolina implemented a formal ethics component in the introductory computer science course required of all majors. Prior to the introduction of this ethics component into the curriculum, a survey of ethical attitudes was administered to all computer science majors. Two years later, a similar survey was given to computer science majors who have completed the ethics component. This paper contrasts the results of the two surveys as a method of analyzing the effectiveness of the department's strategy to promote ethical behavior. The results suggest the need to re-evaluate existing strategies. The paper concludes with a discussion of varying strategies for promoting ethical behavior and suggestions for further study. (Contains 11 references.) (Author)

Descriptors: College Curriculum, Computer Science Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Development, Ethical Instruction, Ethics, Higher Education, Introductory Courses, Student Attitudes











Author: Sheel, Stephen J.; Collins, E. Eugene

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=7617&id=ED410935







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