June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
October 19, 2019
Engineering Ethics Division Technical Session - Classroom Practices
The aim of this research paper is to understand whether and in what ways undergraduate computer science students decide differently from their peers in other disciplines when facing computing ethics dilemmas. This study expands on previous research on ethical decision making among computing majors. The findings of this research have important implications for research and practice. For example, it examines the arguments from previous literature regarding the differences of ethical decision making among different professions. Moreover, it will have important implications for design of ethics courses in undergraduate level. The data is collected from two groups of students in a large Midwestern University: (1) 33 computer science undergraduate students enrolled in a course on computing professional ethics, and (2) 40 undergraduate students enrolled in a course on business ethics and law. Although this second course was taught in the college of business, the students were majoring in different fields including advertisement, communication, agriculture, arts, etc. The collected data include both group of students’ postings responding to three ethical scenarios in computing and their responses to their peers as part of their regular class activities. Following a qualitative research design, content analysis was used to analyze the data. The results showed that computer science students, overall, made more ethical decisions when facing computing ethics scenarios. In this paper, the underlying reasons for the decisions made by both groups and implications for teaching ethics to college students will be discussed.
Hedayati Mehdiabadi, A. (2019, June), Facing Computer Ethics Dilemmas: Comparing Ethical Decision-Making Processes of Students in Computer Science with Non-Computer Science Majors Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32832
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