Design of web-based professional ethics modules to alleviate acculturation barriers for international graduate students in engineering

Byron Newberry, William Lawson, Kathy Austin, Greta Gorsuch, Thomas Darwin

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Abstract

This paper reports on an ongoing National Science Foundation (NSF)-sponsored research and education project.1 In recent years, engineering programs in the United States have sought to develop a larger role for professional ethics education in the curriculum. Accreditation requirements have helped facilitate this shift. These requirements have themselves been developed to help ensure that engineering graduates have the knowledge and skills-nontechnical as well as technical-needed in today's engineering profession. With this in mind, it is worth noting that almost half of all engineering graduate students in the U.S. are international students. And about forty percent of these remain in the United States and are employed in some facet of engineering research and practice. It therefore seems prudent for the profession that these students, coming from diverse backgrounds, receive some systematic exposure to engineering ethics as it is conceived and practiced in the United States. International students face challenges that domestic students do not encounter - cultural competency, language proficiency, and acculturation stress - making them a natural audience for an educational intervention. This project aims to develop instructional materials that help international engineering graduate students in acclimating to engineering ethics standards and expectations in this country. The details of the materials and the research design to test their efficacy will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2008
Event2008 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Pittsburg, PA, United States
Duration: Jun 22 2008Jun 24 2008

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