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Development of Perceptions of Technical and Ethical Expertise In Teams Over Time

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Understanding Student Development in Design

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Design in Engineering Education

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13

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Megan Kenny Feister California State University, Channel Islands

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Megan Kenny Feister is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Communication at California State University Channel Islands. She is a recipient of the Purdue Research Foundation dissertation grant and co-wrote a National Science Foundation grant for her dissertation and postdoctoral work in Organizational Communication at Purdue. Her primary research interests include collaboration and innovation; negotiations of expertise in team-based organizational work; team processes and decision-making; ethical reasoning, constitution, and processes; engineering design; technology and its impacts on organizational and personal life; network analysis; as well as organizational identity, identification, and culture.

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Carla B. Zoltowski Purdue University, West Lafayette (College of Engineering)

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Carla B. Zoltowski is an assistant professor of engineering practice in the Schools of Electrical and Computer Engineering and (by courtesy) Engineering Education at Purdue University. She holds a B.S.E.E., M.S.E.E., and Ph.D. in Engineering Education, all from Purdue. Prior to this she was Co-Director of the EPICS Program at Purdue where she was responsible for developing curriculum and assessment tools and overseeing the research efforts within EPICS. Her academic and research interests include the professional formation of engineers, diversity and inclusion in engineering, human-centered design, engineering ethics, leadership, service-learning, and accessibility and assistive-technology.

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Patrice Marie Buzzanell Purdue University, West Lafayette (College of Engineering) Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-0058-7676

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Patrice M. Buzzanell is a Distinguished Professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication and the School of Engineering Education (courtesy) at Purdue University. She serves as the Butler Chair and Director of the Susan Bulkily Butler Center for Leadership Excellence. Editor of four books and author of over 175 articles and chapters, her research centers on the intersections of career, feminist praxis, leadership, and resilience. Fellow and past president of the International Communication Association, she has received numerous awards for her research, teaching/mentoring, and engagement. She has worked on Purdue-ADVANCE initiatives for institutional change, the Transforming Lives Building Global Communities (TLBGC) team in Ghana through EPICS, and individual engineering ethical development and team ethical climate scales as well as everyday negotiations of ethics in design through NSF funding as Co-PI. [Email: buzzanel@purdue.edu]

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David Torres Purdue University

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David is a third year doctoral candidate in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University pursuing a PhD in Organizational Communication with a minor in data analysis and research methodology. His research interests reside at the intersection of organizational communication, identity, design, and organizational ethics

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Abstract

This study considers a social network analysis conducted with design teams in an engineering education program at a major Midwestern university. We conducted a longitudinal social network analysis with two classes, which each contained 2-5 project teams, to explore changes in the way technical and ethical expertise are described and manifest in network structures across three consecutive semesters. Specifically, we examine how network structure and positions shift over time as different individuals become more or less central to the technical and ethical networks. This study extends previous work (Kenny Feister, Zoltowski, Buzzanell, & Torres, 2016) by adding a third semester of data, which enabled us to identify trends and patterns in the social network responses over time. This study contributes to understanding teams and teamwork in engineering design courses, but places the focus on students’ perceptions about their teams. Additionally, by comparing technical to ethical elements, we contribute to extant literature considering the perceived distinctions between engineering’s professional skills and more technical abilities.

Kenny Feister, M., & Zoltowski, C. B., & Buzzanell, P. M., & Torres, D. (2017, June), Development of Perceptions of Technical and Ethical Expertise In Teams Over Time Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28175

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