Using the Chernobyl Incident to Teach Engineering Ethics

TitleUsing the Chernobyl Incident to Teach Engineering Ethics
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsWilson, WR
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Pagination625 - 640
Date Published6/2013
ISSN Number1471-5546
KeywordsENGINEERING , Ethics Modules , Instructional Methods
AbstractThis paper discusses using the Chernobyl Incident as a case study in engineering ethics instruction. Groups of students are asked to take on the role of a faction involved in the Chernobyl disaster and to defend their decisions in a mock debate. The results of student surveys and the Engineering and Science Issues Test indicate that the approach is very popular with students and has a positive impact on moral reasoning. The approach incorporates technical, communication and teamwork skills and has many of the features suggested by recent literature.
Short TitleSci Eng Ethics
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