Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Dona Kagan


The purpose of this study was to examine the prevalence and personality correlates of software piracy among teachers, who were 97 inservice teachers enrolled in Education courses at UNO. Subjects completed the Computing Teacher Inventory (a questionnaire designed expressly for this study to measure teachers' experience with and attitudes toward microcomputer software), the Teacher Stress Inventory, and the Teacher Job Satisfaction Questionnaire. Participation was voluntary and anonymous. Results indicated that teachers procured more software from illegal sources than from legal sources. More than half of those teachers who owned software admitted to illegally copying software from school. The other crimes against impersonal victims that teachers committed most frequently were traffic and reprography violations. The pattern of correlations among variables suggested that teachers' tendency toward software piracy appeared to be related to the tendencies to be dissatisfied with their jobs, to be stressed, and to commit other impersonal crimes.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Teacher Education and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Secondary Education University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Susan Elizabeth Fry April, 1987