June 22, 2008
June 22, 2008
June 25, 2008
13.1013.1 - 13.1013.19
Psychological Considerations in Engineering Teaching: An Ethical Mandate to Produce Responsible Engineers.
Engineering faculty members have an ethical mandate to produce responsible engineering graduates. Faculty in engineering are required by our codes of ethics to "hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public" by carefully preparing future engineers. Faculty are required to "act as faithful agents for their employers," properly serving the university, which provides education for the students. We are required "to issue truthful statements," which would include correct technical information. Our graduates must be technically competent and ethical (basic ABET outcomes) as well as well-prepared for the workplace with a readiness to work.
Engineering faculty therefore must • communicate correct and relevant information • communicate in a way that is understandable • encourage and model ethical behavior, and prepare students for the “real world,” the actual workplace expectations they will face.
The behavioral and psychological perspective of our students should be a consideration in engineering education. The influence from the trends in the twenty first century both to students and professors can be identified. It is necessary, therefore, to consider the psychological aspects of students in order to produce responsible engineers for the twenty first century.
In this paper, in order to understand the psychological roles in engineering classes, a survey of engineering students is given and analyzed. Suggestions and discussion that can be adapted to engineering classes are presented.
Generation Y Problem
Companies tell us that they want to hire graduates who have technical expertise, good communication skills, professional ethics, and team player attitudes. They also look for graduates who are self-motivated, flexible, and possess a strong “work ethic” (desire to work.) The latter three qualities may be more “caught than taught.”
“Generation Y, also known as the millennium generation, was born between 1978 and 2000. They are the largest generation to enter the workforce since the “baby boomers,” who are now set to retire. Within a few short years Generation Y will make up the largest segment of the working population.”1 Various writers have indicated that the current group of graduates is not prepared to work. According to the literature, current students are the most media-savvy and computer-literate generation yet seen. They have grown up with the internet, with cell phones, video games, and fast-paced television and video. They are very skilled at multitasking.
Lee, B. K., & Leiffer, P., & Graff, R. W. (2008, June), Psychological Considerations In Teaching Engineering: An Ethical Mandate To Produce Responsible Engineers. Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/4039
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