Journal article

Building students' nascent understanding of ethics in engineering practice

Andrew Valentine, Stephanie Lowenhoff, Melissa Marinelli, Sally Male, Ghulam Mubashar Hassan

European Journal of Engineering Education | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020


Engineering professionals are expected to conduct their work in an ethical manner. However, students may receive limited instruction on ethics and demonstrate resistance to learning about ethics in practice, contributing to graduates being ill-prepared to face ethical dilemmas in the workplace. This study investigated the nascent learning by engineering students (N = 183) about the relevance of ethics to engineering practice in a two-hour workshop that included recounts of experiences that were of immediate relevance to engineering interns and graduates, through use of videos and a serious game. Thematic analysis of qualitative responses highlighted that students gained understanding of how ..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Government Department of Education

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Australian Government Department of Education under [grant number ID15-4951], The University of Western Australia, CingleVue International, Curtin University of Technology, Engineers Australia, and the Australian Council of Engineering Deans.