Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Development of engineers and specifically computing professionals who not only possess technical knowledge and skills but also can make ethical decisions is of great importance. The aim of this research is to investigate (1) how Computing majors reason when it comes to ethical decision-making in a collaborative setting, and (2) the key biases inherent in ethical judgements of students in Computing. The data in this grounded theory study consists of the postings of 33 undergraduate computing majors (26 males and 7 females) in online forum discussions in response to three ethical scenarios and the comments they provided on their peers’ responses, along with the follow up interviews with 19 students. Based on the findings, students’ decisions are highly influenced by the specifics of situation and the nature of the moral issue and the perceived relevance and the perceived responsibility seem to be the key. Moreover, when students consider the end users in the process of their judgements in a caring way, they are able to make better decisions. The implications of the findings of this research for teaching ethics will be discussed.
Hedayati Mehdiabadi, A. (2018, June), The Ethical Judgement Processes of Students in Computing: Implications for Professional Development Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31099
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