ERIC Number: ED255403
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Social Implications of Technological Innovations: A Study of Ethics and Attitudes.
Diem, Richard A.
In this study, the social interaction of 151 children, ages 8 through 13, attending a summer computer camp were observed as they worked with the computers. They were also asked to complete a questionnaire that focused on social dilemmas in a technological environment. The dilemmas focused on the acceptability of copying someone else's program or altering passwords. Analysis of variance and regression techniques were used on the questionnaire data and these were compared to results of the observations. Results indicated distinct behavior patterns. Students had not considered the social implications of using another's information or data nor the right to privacy that might be invaded by the misuse of information technology. When their own privacy was infringed upon, participants demanded harsh penalties. Most students engaged in group problem-solving strategies while solving technology related problems, thus circumventing traditional individualistic learning patterns. While working with information technology systems, student behavior patterns seemed directly related to previous experience with computer games and other popularized forms of information technology. (IS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Camps
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (64th, Washington, DC, November 15-19, 1984).