Methods of Incorporating Understanding of Professional and Ethical Responsibility in the Engineering Curriculum and Results from the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination

TitleMethods of Incorporating Understanding of Professional and Ethical Responsibility in the Engineering Curriculum and Results from the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2009
Academic DepartmentPurdue University, Engineering Education
Pagination295 p.
PublisherPurdue University
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsENGINEERING , ethics , Evaluation , Evaluation and Assessment , professional
AbstractThis study evaluated the methods of incorporating professionalism and ethics in the engineering curriculum to determine the nature of the relationship between the curriculum model used and outcomes on a nationally administered, engineering-specific standardized examination. The study's population included engineering students enrolled at one of nine southeastern public universities between October 1996 and April 2005. The curriculum model used by each of the participating programs were identified and defined for the period of the study and quantitatively compared to performance on the ethics section of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination. The FE Examination is prepared and administered by the National Council for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and is the only nationally administered, engineering-specific, standardized assessment that measures performance on ABET-related criteria. A student-level dataset of subject scores was obtained for the FE Examination for all of the MIDFIELD programs. This study represents the first published attempt to utilize NCEES data for the purpose of rigorous educational research.
URLhttp://docs.lib.purdue.edu/dissertations/AAI3418484/
Short TitleMethods of Incorporating Understanding of Professional and Ethical Responsibility in the Engineering Curriculum and Results from the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination
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