Rethinking information ethics education in Ghana: Is it adequate?

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2013

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The International Information & Library Review

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This paperhighlightstheimportanceofinformationethicsandgivesanoverviewof thevariousaspectsofthesubjecttaughtatvariousinstitutionsofhigherlearninginGhana. The studynotesthatinformationethicsisnottaughtasaspecificorwholesubjectatanylevel in thetertiaryinstitutionsandquestionsthedepthofeducationgiventostudentsinthelight of someseriousinformationethicsviolationssuchasplagiarism,copyrightviolation,cyber crime andsocialnetworkabuses.Dataforthestudywerecollectedmainlyfromthedifferent university websites,universityhandbooks,courseoutlinesaswellasinterviewswithlibrarians and afewfacultymembersoftherespectiveuniversities.Thestudyrecommendstheintroduc- tion ofinformationethicsasauniversityrequiredcourseforallfreshmen,astand-alonecourse in informationethicsattheDepartmentofInformationStudies,adequatesensitizationpro- grammesonacademicintegrityandplagiarismpolicies,andtheenforcementoflawsand polices inGhana.Thesemeasuresaremeanttosafeguardindividualrightstoownership, privacy,confidentiality and security.

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Research Article

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Education, Ghanaian universities, Information ethics

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