July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
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Ethical engineering practice is a global issue. Future engineers must learn about ethics in classrooms and apply the knowledge and skills in workplaces that are locally relevant and globally sustainable . However, cultural norms and social realities may result in differences in ethical perspectives. The ongoing collaborative project described in this paper attempts to develop the cross-cultural sensitivity of Indian and USA students through their reflections on case studies that present ethical dilemmas in real-world situations. Central questions addressed in this paper include: 1) How does a pedagogical model based on socio-cultural theory and incorporating cross-cultural activities support undergraduate engineering students in socio-cultural and ethical thinking? and 2) How do engineering students develop their professional identities through socio-cultural and ethical discourse? Based on socio-cultural learning theory, the present collaborative effort engages hundreds of students in professional ethics classrooms in India and the USA each semester through online learning. Indian and USA students are guided to a website that is open to the world and administered by the course instructors. Student participation is implemented using well-structured scaffolding within a unique forum that provides students with a context in which to express their ethical positions, with constructive feedback from peers, while maintaining social etiquettes. Drawing on the theoretical models guiding this project, we discuss how internet-based collaborative pedagogic practices can reduce the gaps in cross-cultural communications among future professionals.
Saraff, S., & Taraban, R., & Marcy, W. M., & Biswal, R. (2021, July), Work in Progress: Creating an Internet Platform for USA and Indian Students to Share Ethical Viewpoints Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/38133
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