ERIC Number: ED364946
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec-6
Reference Count: N/A
Copyright Law and Policy Meet the Curriculum: Teachers' Understanding, Attitudes, and Practices.
Green, Douglas W.
This paper presents findings of a study that investigated teachers' attitudes toward current copyright law and school copyright policies. Data were collected from a survey of 140 teachers in Binghamton, New York. A total of 60 teachers responded, a 43 percent response rate. Interviews were also conducted with administrators in eight other school districts. A total of 92 percent of the teachers agreed that it is reasonable to expect that teachers fully understand the law; however, they expressed much misunderstanding. The average percentage of correct responses to the true-false section of the questionnaire was 62 percent. Although most teachers equated breaking the copyright law with stealing, 62 percent said that they routinely broke the copyright law. Seventy-one percent admitted to knowingly breaking the law on some occasions, and most justified their actions by stating it was for the good of the students. Copyright laws regulating computer-software use were most commonly violated. A conclusion is that school-district copyright policies are ineffective without teacher education. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Binghamton City Schools NY
Note: Doctoral Seminar paper, Binghamton University.