Using the Chernobyl Incident to Teach Engineering Ethics

TitleUsing the Chernobyl Incident to Teach Engineering Ethics
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsWilson, W
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Date Published2013
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
Keywords1986 , Chernobyl , Chornobyl , constructive , debate , DECISION , ENGINEERING , ethics , reasoning , role-play , TEAMS , Ukraine
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. 
NotesWilson, William 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Muskingum University, New Concord USA; Source Info: Jun2013, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p625; Subject Term: ENGINEERING ethics -- Study & teaching; Subject Term: CHERNOBYL Nuclear Accident, Chornobyl, Ukraine, 1986; Subject Term: DECISION making; Subject Term: ENGINEERING students; Subject Term: REASONING (Logic); Subject Term: TEAMS in the workplace; Author-Supplied Keyword: Chernobyl; Author-Supplied Keyword: Constructive controversy; Author-Supplied Keyword: Debate; Author-Supplied Keyword: Engineering ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: Ethics education; Author-Supplied Keyword: Role-play; Number of Pages: 16p; Document Type: Article