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ERIC Number: EJ895009
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1544-0389
The Application of Kohlberg's Moral Development Model to College Students' Technology Ethics Decisions
Kiser, Angelina I. T.; Morrison, Eileen E.; Craven, Annette
Journal of College Teaching & Learning, v6 n5 p89-96 Sep 2009
This study examined undergraduate university students' (n=121) responses to six ethical dilemmas within the realm of information technology (IT). Using a framework based on Kohlberg's stages of moral development, the study evaluated the level of moral development as demonstrated in these responses. An apriori coding system was used to analyze the data. Two researchers independently assigned coding to the written responses in order to increase interrater reliability. The results are presented by student classification (freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior) and each individual scenario. They indicate a strong tendency for students to use the "good person" form of reasoning. This reasoning, however, did vary by scenario. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas