You are here

ETHICS IN ENGINEERING: STUDENT PERCEPTIONS AND THEIR PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT

Journal Name:

Publication Year:

DOI: 
http://dx.doi.org/10.3926/jotse.51
Author NameUniversity of Author
Abstract (2. Language): 
Professional ethics instruction in engineering is commonly conducted by examining case studies in light of the code of conduct of a suitable professional body. Although graphical presentations of spectacular failures, sobering stories of the repercussions and the solid framework provided by the tenets of a code of ethics may leave a lasting impression, students generally gain their professional identity from relatives and colleagues. Their professional ethics tend to be mostly an extension of their personal ethics. Instruction on ethics generally serves only to reinforce students' inclination to act ethically and provides encouragement to act on these beliefs. In this study a survey based on previous investigations was conducted (n = 1136) to examine the personal ethical perceptions of engineering students. The survey measured how engineering students perceive their own ethical beliefs and how they perceive the ethical beliefs and actions of their peers. As a learning exercise, students were then challenged by examining their personal ethical beliefs in light of the professional ethics requirements of the Institute of Engineers Australia (IEAust) code of conduct. After familiarisation with the Engineers Australia code of ethics, students were also invited to comment regarding their beliefs regarding adherence to this code.

REFERENCES

References: 

Abaté, C. (2011). Should Engineering Ethics be Taught? Science and Engineering Ethics, 17(3), 583-596.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11948-010-9211-9
Arlow, P. & Ulrich, T.A. (1980). Business ethics, social responsibility and business students: an empirical
comparison of Clark's study. Akron Business and Economic Review, 11(3), 17-23.
Bauer, C. & Adams, V.D. (2005). Who Wants to Be An Ethical Engineer?. 35th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education
Conference, Indianapolis, USA.
Buckeridge, J. (2011). Do engineers still move mountains?: A “new world” appraisal in light of ethics,
engineering, economics and the environment. Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference
2011: Developing engineers for social justice: Community involvement, ethics & sustainability 5-7 December
2011, Fremantle, Western Australia. pp. 7-12.
Cruz, J.A., Frey, W.J. & Sanchez, H.D. (2004). Ethics bowl in engineering ethics at the university of Puerto-Rico –
Mayaguez, Teaching ethics, 4(2), 15-31.
Flanagan, O. & Rorty, A.O. (Eds.) (1990). Identity, character and morality: Essays in moral psychology, MIT press,
Cambridge.
Hoke, T. (2012). The Importance of Understanding Engineering Ethics. Civil Engineering (08857024), 82(5),
40-41. Computers & Applied Sciences Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed October 30, 2012).
Jimenez, L.O., O'Neill-Carrillo, E. & Marrero, E. (2005). Creating ethical awareness in electrical and computer
engineering students: a learning module on ethics. 35th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference,
Indianapolis, USA.
Kohlberg, L. (1984). The psychology of moral development: the nature and validity of moral stages. Harper and
Row, San Fransisco.
Loui, M.C. (2005). Ethics and the Development of Professional Identities of Engineering Students. Journal of
Engineering Education, 94(4), 383-390. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.2168-9830.2005.tb00866.x
Lynch, W. (1997). Teaching Engineering Ethics in the United States. IEEE Technology and Society Magazine,
27-36. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/44.642561
O'Clock, P. & Okleshen, M. (1993). A comparison of ethical perceptions of business and engineering majors.
Journal of Business Ethics, 12(9), 677-687. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF00881382
Passino, K.M. (1998). Teaching Professional and ethical aspects of electrical engineering to a large class. IEEE
Transactions on Education, 41(4), 273-281. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/13.728261
Self, D.J. & Ellison, E.M. (1998). Teaching engineering ethics: assessment of its influence on moral reasoning
skills. Journal of Engineering Education, 87(1), 29-34. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.2168-9830.1998.tb00319.x
Sindelar, M., Shuman, L. & Wolfe, H. (2003). Assessing engineering students' abilities to resolve ethical
dilemmas. 33rd ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, 25-31.
Steneck, N. (1999). Designing Teaching and Assessment Tools for an Integrated Engineering Ethics Curriculum.
29th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, 12-17.

Thank you for copying data from http://www.arastirmax.com