Building a Community of Scholars: One University's Comparison of "Typical" vs. Open Ended Ethics Case Studies in First-Year Engineering.

TitleBuilding a Community of Scholars: One University's Comparison of "Typical" vs. Open Ended Ethics Case Studies in First-Year Engineering.
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsReid, KJ
ReporterJournal of STEM Education: Innovations & Research
Pagination18 - 23
PublisherInstitute for STEM Education & Research
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number15575276
KeywordsCase , Curricula , education , ENGINEERING , ethics , First
AbstractEthics is among the professional skills embedded in the first year engineering curriculum in many institutions. The general format of the study of ethics is similar to many other institutions: student teams review case studies and develop written and oral presentations on the ethical issues encountered. This report investigates whether the use of a large, open-ended case study with multiple questions investigated by multiple groups would lead to any difference(s) in perception of ethical issues when compared to a more typical scenario involving a short single-issue case study. Students were divided into groups; some groups were assigned to specific, well-established ethical case studies. Other groups were assigned to a larger case study with available supplemental material and tasked to present on ethical issues from one of multiple perspectives. Significant differences were found for each item from the pre- to the post-survey, however, no significant differences between the case study formats were found. 
NotesAccession Number: 79468745; Reid, Kenneth J. 1; Affiliation: 1: Ohio Northern University; Source Info: Jul-Sep2012, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p18; Subject Term: ENGINEERING -- Study & teaching; Subject Term: ETHICS; Subject Term: CURRICULA (Courses of study); Subject Term: EDUCATION; Author-Supplied Keyword: case studies; Author-Supplied Keyword: engineering; Author-Supplied Keyword: ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: first year; NAICS/Industry Codes: 923110 Administration of Education Programs; NAICS/Industry Codes: 611710 Educational Support Services; NAICS/Industry Codes: 611699 All Other Miscellaneous Schools and Instruction; Number of Pages: 6p; Illustrations: 2 Charts, 2 Graphs; Document Type: Case Study
Abbreviated Case NameJournal of STEM Education: Innovations & Research