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Assessing Engineering Ethics Training

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Conference

2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Engineering Ethics Division Technical Session 2

Tagged Division

Engineering Ethics

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

11

Page Numbers

26.240.1 - 26.240.11

DOI

10.18260/p.23579

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https://peer.asee.org/23579

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73

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Melodie A. Selby PE Walla Walla University

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Melodie Selby is a civil engineering and environmental science assistant professor at Walla Walla University. A
Walla Walla University graduate, she returned to the University in 2009 after 23 years during which she
received a master’s degree in environmental engineering, worked as a civil and environmental engineering
consultant, and worked in the Nuclear Waste Program and Water Quality Program for the Washington
State Department of Ecology.

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Abstract

Assessing Engineering Ethics Tr ainingTeaching and assessing ABET criterion 3f: "an understanding of professional and ethicalresponsibility" has been a challenge for colleges and universities.This paper reports the initial phase of assessing the engineering ethics training at a faith-baseduniversity, which uses a comprehensive approach to teaching engineering ethics.This study is designed as a first phase to study the effectiveness of teaching engineering ethics atthe university. Later areas of study will build on this study and may include a longitudinal studyand expansion to other institutions.This study is a non-experimental between-subjects non-equivalent groups design. This study isdesigned to compare the moral judgment of engineering students who are just beginning theirstudies at the University with those who are completing their studies.Borenstein et al. (2010) have developed an Engineering and Science Issues Test (ESIT) to serveas a discipline-specific assessment. This ESIT was used for this study and the results shared withBorenstein et al to add to the database to assess validity.The sample size of this study was not large enough to assess the validity of the test on its own.However, differences between the two groups can be compared to assess the differences in thegroups. The P scores and N2 scores of the ESIT exam of the two classes were compared using atwo-sample t-test to determine if there are differences in the two groups.Note: Data analysis is expected to be complete by mid-December. At that point, the abstract andpaper will be updated to include the results. Refer encesBorenstein, J., Drake, M. J., Kirkman, R., & Swann, J. L. (2010). The Engineering and Science Issues Test (ESIT): A discipline-specific approach to assessing moral judgment. Science & Engineering Ethics, 16, 387-407. doi: 10.1007/s11948-009-9148-z

Selby, M. A. (2015, June), Assessing Engineering Ethics Training Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23579

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