July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Socially Responsible Engineering II: Pedagogy, Teamwork, and Student Experiences
Liberal Education/Engineering & Society
Civic responsibility aligns with the mission of engineering programs to graduate ethical engineers and the mission of many universities to graduate engaged citizens. Civic responsibility bridges engineers’ obligations as professionals within society through their roles as members of communities. Thus, we argue that civic responsibility warrants separate consideration from other forms of responsibility in engineering education, including social, ethical, and professional responsibility. In this paper, we first present an exploratory conceptual framework for how civic responsibility manifests in engineering education by drawing primarily from literature in engineering ethics on responsibility and civic virtue. Second, we use this framework to understand engineering students’ perceptions of the roles and responsibilities of engineers within communities. We conducted semi-structured interviews with eleven first-year engineering students whom we recruited from a mandatory first-year engineering course at a large Mid-Western land grant university in the United States. We identified three themes from the interviews: (1) the awareness of how engineers can serve their communities, (2) the belief that engineers should serve their communities, and (3) the distinction between personal and professional civic responsibility. We distilled these themes into the following dimensions of civic responsibility: personal and professional, virtue and obligation, and non-maleficence and beneficence. We close by connecting these findings to frameworks used to study other forms of responsibility in engineering education.
Lin, A., & Hess, J. L. (2021, July), Developing a Framework for Civic Responsibility in Engineering Education Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36933
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