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Our NSF-supported Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) research project has been implementing a longitudinal, mixed-methods study with collaborators and research subjects from four U.S. engineering schools. To improve transferability of results, our study includes universities of different types in different geographic locales, including public research-intensive, private research-intensive and public undergraduate-serving institutions across the country.
Our study is following a cohort of students from the beginning of their enrollment in one of these engineering programs through their fourth year of study. Currently in the final year of the project, our study design included interviews and surveys in Year 1, a repeat survey administration in the students’ fifth semester (Year 3), and repeat surveys and interviews during their eighth semester (Year 4). We have completed analyses of the initial and mid-point survey results and have preliminary results from the final survey administration. Our analyses of the interview data include thematic coding of how students understand ethics both in general and in engineering specifically, primary learning outcomes and influences, and evidence of moral disengagement.
In this paper, we give a summary of our previously published work and the three main analysis approaches that we are currently undertaking: investigation of the quantitative survey data, analysis of the learned outcomes that students report in their final interviews, and a phenomenographic approach to understand how the students experience ethics and social responsibility. We conclude with future work related to this project, as well as plans to continue to track our participants as they begin their careers as young professionals to understand the continued evolution of their conceptions of ethics and social responsibility.
Zoltowski, C. B., & Jesiek, B. K., & Claussen, S., & Howland, S. J., & Kim, D., & Nittala, S. (2020, June), Foundations of Social and Ethical Responsibility Among Undergraduate Engineering Students: Overview of Results Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34688
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