The Importance of Formative Assessment in Science and Engineering Ethics Education: Some Evidence and Practical Advice

TitleThe Importance of Formative Assessment in Science and Engineering Ethics Education: Some Evidence and Practical Advice
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsKeefer, MW, Wilson, SE, Dankowicz, H, Loui, MC
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Volume20
Issue1
Pagination249 - 260
Date Published3/2014
ISSN Number1471-5546
KeywordsEngienering , ENGINEERING , Evaluation , Evaluation and Assessment , Responsible , responsible conduct of research , SCIENCE
AbstractRecent research in ethics education shows a potentially problematic variation in content, curricular materials, and instruction. While ethics instruction is now widespread, studies have identified significant variation in both the goals and methods of ethics education, leaving researchers to conclude that many approaches may be inappropriately paired with goals that are unachievable. This paper speaks to these concerns by demonstrating the importance of aligning classroom-based assessments to clear ethical learning objectives in order to help students and instructors track their progress toward meeting those objectives. Two studies at two different universities demonstrate the usefulness of classroom-based, formative assessments for improving the quality of students’ case responses in computational modeling and research ethics.
DOI10.1007/s11948-013-9428-5
Short TitleSci Eng Ethics
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