June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Educational Research and Methods
This research paper presents the development of a survey for students based on the four-domain development diagram (4DDD) by Vanasupa and others . There are many challenges for engineering faculty to successfully incorporate ethics education into their courses and programs. Lack of formal training in ethics among engineering faculty, limited space in overcrowded curricula, and difficulty with how to assess students on ethical development are just a few. This work seeks to address the third noted challenge through a student survey based on the 4DDD. The goal was to develop a survey for educators to assess the extent to which students perceived that their learning experience encompassed elements believed to foster ethical development.
This survey was distributed to targeted courses as part of a case study exploration of ethics education at 12 institutions in the 2017-2018 academic year. Courses varied from first-year to senior level from multiple disciplines. Some courses mixed engineering and non-engineering students. The ethics inclusion in the course ranged from a single activity to full 3-credit ethics courses. Student surveys that completed all items in a given construct were used in the statistical analysis, ranging from 313 to 393 responses. Preliminary evidence of reliability was explored through Cronbach’s Alpha for internal consistency with strong evidence found for each of the six constructs. Evidence of validity based on survey content was examined through consensus building on construct items as they relate to ethics and ethics education. However, validity evidence based on internal structure as measured through Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA) was weak. Future work could remove items that showed weaker correlations with their construct, and responses to this revised survey might show improved reliability and/or validity.
 Vanasupa, L., Stolk, J., & Herter, R. J. (2009). The four‐domain development diagram: A guide for holistic design of effective learning experiences for the twenty‐first century engineer. Journal of Engineering Education, 98(1), 67-81.
Canney, N. E., & Bielefeldt, A. R., & Polmear, M., & Swan, C., & Knight, D. (2019, June), Development of an Ethics Survey Based on the Four-domain Development Diagram Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32652
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