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Ethics within engineering education continues to play a central role. Research on student perception of ethics and on the development of ethical decision-making skills have been widely studied. Yet, little is known about whether and to what extent enculturation into an individual’s subdisciplinary professional home in engineering is linked to that individual’s implicit value commitments, which shape how they approach problems with ethical weight.
This workshop, led by members of an inter-institutional, interdisciplinary research team, engages participants in a discussion about, demonstration of, and reflection on research methodology that responds to the following question: “What are the moral foundations and ethical frameworks at work within engineering subdisciplines?”
This workshop will have three parts: We will first introduce participants to the research questions that motivate our study and the two key concepts of moral foundations and ethical frameworks. Moral foundations refer to the implicit value orientations and commitments of individuals, whereas ethical frameworks refer to formalized mechanisms for framing and analyzing ethical issues. Moral foundations theory has been applied exclusively to politics, but its originators have argued that the theory itself can be applied in a variety of spheres.
Following the brief introductory activity, participants will next engage with and reflect upon their own moral foundations. Specifically, participants will complete a short, 5-minute questionnaire that measures five moral foundations. After participants complete the questionnaire, we will analyze the data in real-time with participants.
Finally, we will discuss the implications of these results and opportunities to participate in larger studies across institutions.
Through participation in this workshop, participants will learn about their own, and their discipline’s, moral foundations. This deeper understanding of how we operate within our engineering disciplines has significant implications, including an increased self-awareness.
Professor Beever is Assistant Professor of Ethics and Digital Culture and Director of the Theoretical and Applied Ethics Certificate Program at the University of Central Florida. He is the immediate past chair of ASEE's Engineering Ethics Division.
Professor Pinkert is Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Programs in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Central Florida