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ERIC Number: ED319403
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
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A Survey of University Students' Behavior, Knowledge, and Opinions Regarding Unauthorized Copies of Computer Software.
Glowacki, Margaret L.; And Others
The purpose of this study was to determine the nature and extent of unauthorized copying of microcomputer software by university students. The sample consisted of 392 university students ranging in age from 18 to 35. A survey instrument administered to all students contained 20 Likert-type questions designed to gather data on students' behavior, how they perceived the behavior of others, anticipated behavior, and opinions about unauthorized copying of software; demographic data, including age, sex, class standing, major, and employment status; and dichotomous questions about computer ownership, computer use, and knowledge of laws concerning unauthorized copying of computer software. Responses were analyzed using the Statistical Analysis System. Frequency of response and percentages were examined for each item, and the Chi-Square Test of Independence was used as a test of statistical significance. Findings indicate that unauthorized copying of software is occurring for this sample of students, but, due to the fact that random sampling was not used, the results can be inferred only to the group sampled. It is intended that this study be used as a preliminary study, and that further studies will be conducted to determine if unauthorized copying is occurring at other universities and colleges. Demographic data and responses to the dichotomous and Likert-type questions are presented in six tables. (7 references) (GL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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