San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
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Ethics Education & Resources: A summary of issues facing the field and resources to address themAbstractThis paper will be a supporting document for a proposed panel discussion so that resources andinformation discussed during the panel discussion can be easily found after the conference.The United States Congress has mandated that ethics education in STEM be a priority. Inaddressing this priority, there are many challenges. Undergraduate engineering programs havebegun to address this by meeting ABET accreditation expectations. Graduate students, post-docsand current faculty have not necessarily had the same experience. Broadening our understandingof the audience of learners and the potential settings for learning about ethics is a first step inreaching this priority. Next steps include the ongoing development of resources that support thislearning throughout academic and professional engineering careers and the fostering ofconversations that include the diverse perspectives and experiences of engineers, whetherstudents, faculty or professionals in the field. The goal of this paper will be to provideinformation about available resources as well as a discussion of key issues facing ethicseducation today.Key questions that will be addressed in this work (and in the panel) include:What are barriers to incorporating ethics education into engineering programs?What tools are available to address these barriers?How can we support a community of practitioners learning and teaching ethics?There is clearly a need for resources to support engineering educators who teach professionalethics. While many institutions and individual faculty have developed courses and programs, itis not yet pervasive in our community. Research has shown that incorporating educationcomponents like professional skills, writing, and ethics across the engineering curriculum makesthe most sense for learning in context. However, very few engineering faculty feel competent inteaching these important career skills, especially when there is little enough time to teach theexpected technical content. Gathering the disparate tools and resources and buildingcommunities of practice will help address this.The paper will include information about the Ethics CORE (Collaborative Online ResourceEnvironment) project, an Internet portal supporting ethics education in science, social science,engineering and math supported by the National Science Foundation. The online environmentconsists of tools like searching, developing, and contributing resources, collaborativeworkspaces, discussion areas, wikis and blogs as well as resources like a peer-reviewedinteractive encyclopedia of professional and research ethics, essays on teaching and pedagogy,videos, online courses and links to other online resources. As a living site, all members of theengineering education community are encouraged to participate, whether by contributingresources or feedback, by actively participating in collaborative groups, or by using resources toenhance their teaching.
Bates, R. A., & Broome, T. H., & Burge, L. L., & Hollander, R., & Loui, M. C. (2012, June), Ethics Education and Resources: A Summary of Issues Facing the Field and Resources to Address Them Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21342
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