Acclimating International Graduate Students to Professional Engineering Ethics

TitleAcclimating International Graduate Students to Professional Engineering Ethics
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsNewberry, B, Austin, K, Lawson, WD, Gorsuch, G, Darwin, T
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number13533452
Accession Number58456538
KeywordsAcademic Ethics , education , ENGINEERING , Graduate , Instructional , international , International Ethics , Online , professional , United
AbstractThis article describes the education portion of an ongoing grant-sponsored education and research project designed to help graduate students in all engineering disciplines learn about the basic ethical principles, rules, and obligations associated with engineering practice in the United States, including both domestic and international graduate students. Almost half of all engineering graduate students in the U.S. are international students, and research indicates that the majority of these students will remain in the U.S. to work post-graduation. In becoming acculturated to professional norms in a host country, international students face challenges that domestic students do not encounter; such as cultural competency, language proficiency, and acculturation stress. Mitigating these challenges must be a consideration in the development of any effective education materials. The article discusses the project rationale and describes the development of on-line instructional materials aimed at helping international engineering graduate students acclimate to professional engineering ethics standards in the United States. Finally, a brief data summary of students' perceptions of the usefulness of the content and instructional interface is provided to demonstrate the initial effectiveness of the materials and to present a case for project sustainability.
NotesNewberry, Byron 1; Email Address: Austin, Katherine 2 Lawson, William 3 Gorsuch, Greta 4 Darwin, Thomas 5; Affiliation: 1: Mechanical Engineering, Baylor University, Waco, TX, USA 2: Information Technology Division & Department of Psychology, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA 3: Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA 4: Applied Linguistics and Second Language Studies, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA 5: Division of Diversity & Community Engagement, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA; Source Info: Mar2011, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p171; Subject Term: PROFESSIONAL ethics; Subject Term: GRADUATE students; Subject Term: ENGINEERING; Subject Term: EDUCATION -- United States; Subject Term: UNITED States; Author-Supplied Keyword: Engineering ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: Graduate students; Author-Supplied Keyword: Instructional materials development; Author-Supplied Keyword: International students; Author-Supplied Keyword: Online instruction; Number of Pages: 24p; Illustrations: 1 Diagram, 1 Chart, 1 Graph; Document Type: Article
Short TitleAcclimating International Graduate Students to Professional Engineering Ethics
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