Framing Faculty and Student Discrepancies in Engineering Ethics Education Delivery

TitleFraming Faculty and Student Discrepancies in Engineering Ethics Education Delivery
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsHolsapple, MA, Carpenter, DD, Sutkus, JA, Finelli, CJ, Harding, TS
JournalJournal of Engineering Education
Date Published04/2012
ISSN Number1069
KeywordsENGINEERING , Instructional Methods , Moral Climate of Organizations , Pedagogical Materials
AbstractResearch has suggested that students and faculty often have different perceptions of educational efforts and practices. In this study, the authors consider this as a potential reason for the continued mixed results of engineering ethics education by examining differing perceptions of faculty and students about ethics education and identifying contributing factors to those differences. By conducting focus groups, the authors found that while faculty and administration see ethics education as teaching about laws, ethical codes, and addressing more nuanced ethical dilemmas, students reported only experiencing the laws and rules approach. Students also did not see faculty as the positive role models that faculty believed they are. The authors recommend that educators take steps to understand the different ways that faculty and students perceive ethics education, and how factors in the educational environment contribute to differences in those perceptions.
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