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Students Taking Action on Engineering Ethics

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

Publication Date

June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

Conference Session

Mechanical Engineering Technical Session: Potpourri

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Mechanical Engineering

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10

DOI

10.18260/1-2--35247

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https://strategy.asee.org/35247

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Heather E. Dillon University of Portland Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-4467-2306

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Dr. Heather Dillon is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Portland. She recently served as the Fulbright Canada Research Chair in STEM Education. Her research team is working on energy efficiency, renewable energy, fundamental heat transfer, and engineering education. Before joining the university, Heather Dillon worked for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) as a senior research engineer.

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Jeffrey Matthew Welch University of Portland Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-4072-7186

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Jeff Welch is a doctoral student in educational leadership at the University of Portland (Oregon, USA).

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Nicole Ralston University of Portland

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Dr. Nicole Ralston is an Assistant Professor and co-Director of the Multnomah County Partnership for Education Research (MCPER) in the School of Education at the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Measurement, Statistics, and Research Design from the University of Washington. An elementary school teacher at heart, she now teaches educational research and STEM methods to undergraduate and graduate students. Her research focus involves bringing active learning strategies to STEM, best practices of research-practice partnerships, and applied research in partnership.

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Rebecca D. Levison University of Portland

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Rebecca Levison is a graduate research fellow working on her doctorate in education at the University of Portland. As a research fellow, Rebecca works on a KEEN assessment project and partnership between the School of Education and the School of Engineering to improve engineering education. When not working on the KEEN project, she works full time for Portland Public Schools as an ESL Teacher on Special Assignment. In that role, Rebecca writes science curriculum accessible to language learners that aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards and trains teachers how to implement new strategies for all learners.

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Abstract

The purpose of this research was to develop a classroom project module that supported students in developing an action plan for ethics. The module connects ABET criteria related to ethics and evolving research in ethics in other disciplines. The module was implemented in the context of a larger project in a junior level heat transfer course. A student survey was developed and measured student perceptions of learning objectives. Students reported they found the activities helpful for building the skill of ethics action planning, particularly the ability to explore multiple solution paths. The results indicate this type of action planning module may play an important role in character development for engineers that goes beyond case studies.

Dillon, H. E., & Welch, J. M., & Ralston, N., & Levison, R. D. (2020, June), Students Taking Action on Engineering Ethics Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35247

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