Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Liberal Education/Engineering & Society
This paper explores the mismatch between engineering education and engineering practice as it relates to social responsibility (SR) and offers preliminary recommendations for closing it. First, we trace the emergence of the concept of “social responsibility” in both engineering education and practice, showing the stabilization of the idea that SR could be handled by ethics education in the curriculum and codes of conduct in the profession. We then survey current engineering education initiatives—in and out of engineering ethics—to show where and how different forms of SR are being taught. Comparing these with samples of engineers’ current SR practices reveals a mismatch between education and practice in SR. We conclude by proposing educational innovations to close the gap and train engineers to become professionals responsible for the design, construction, maintenance, operation and decommissioning of socio-technical systems with competing responsibilities towards employers, affected communities, workers, government agencies, users and other stakeholders.
Smith, J. M., & Lucena, J. C. (2018, June), Social Responsibility in Engineering Education and Practice: Alignments, Mismatches, and Future Directions Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30973
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