Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
This study explores the relationship between ethical awareness and personality traits of undergraduate engineering students. Data analysis is presented of survey results collected at a large, public Midwestern R1 University investigating this relationship. Students’ ethical awareness was measured through the use of five of Lockheed Martin’s Challenge Game ethical vignettes. Personality traits were determined using Digman’s Big Five Personality (BFP) test. Other measures included Graziano’s Person and Thing Orientations (PTO) and Paulhus & Van Seals’s Spheres of Control (SOC). We hypothesized that students who were identified as having “agreeable”, “extroverted”, and “conscientious” personality (based on the BFP test) are more inclined to be ethically aware than those who were identified as “open to experience” or “neurotic”. Results showed that those who spoke English as a first language and those who had lived outside of their home country for more than 6 months were more likely to provide “ethically aware” answers to the vignettes. Contrary to our hypothesis, multiple regression analysis showed that personality traits did not explain the variance observed in differences on ethical awareness as measured by the survey scales. Future work will include continued survey validation analysis, as well as cluster analysis to see if there are particular personality profiles that are indicative of ethical awareness.
Snyder, S. A., & Hasbún, I. M., & Deters, J., & Bairaktarova, D. (2018, June), Exploring the Relationship Between Ethical Awareness and Personality Traits of Undergraduate Engineering Students Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30500
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