Assessing engineering students' abilities to resolve ethical dilemmas

TitleAssessing engineering students' abilities to resolve ethical dilemmas
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsSindelar, M, Shuman, L, Besterfield-Sacre, M, Miller, R, Mitcham, C, Olds, B, Pinkus, RL, Wolfe, H
Conference NameFrontiers in Education, 2003. FIE 2003. 33rd Annual
PaginationS2A-25-31 vol.3
Date Published5-8 Nov. 2003
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number0190-5848
KeywordsACCREDITATION , COLORADO , computer , ENGINEERING , ethical , Measurement , Moral , PROBLEM , rubric , semester-long , statistical , University , Web-based
AbstractThis article describes the first phase of a joint study at the University of Pittsburgh and the Colorado School of Mines to develop a measurement tool for assessing students’ abilities to recognize and resolve ethical dilemmas. Pre- and post-tests at the beginning and end of a semester-long course focusing on engineering ethics are used to assess students’ comprehension, analysis, and resolution of ethical dilemmas. Each test consists of two ethical dilemmas addressed through a response essay that is then holistically scored using a rubric that classifies students’level of achievement. Results are analyzed using statistical methods to determine if any “shifts” have occurred to indicate a significant positive change in the cohort’s collective ability.
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