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Work in progress — Ethics in engineering: A simple case of study using statements

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5 Author(s)
Inmaculada Plaza ; EduQTech R&D&I group, University of Zaragoza ; Piedad Garrido ; Carlos Medrano ; S. Sánchez
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This paper describes a case of study developed in engineering degrees in order to transmit ethical values. The goal of this work is to show a specific example as a starting point to introduce students in a more ethical world. The case has been developed for eight years. By the middle of the course period, students are invited to think about how to take advantage of their stay in university in order to promote a better and more humane world. From that moment, teachers start to write a statement with ethic contents in the blackboard at the beginning of every lecture. This statement seeks to promote the student's inclination to act with ethical and humane behavior. Teachers have now a database with more than one hundred and forty statements... and the number is growing thanks to the participation of students! Following several student's requests, teachers have increased their knowledge about the authors of the sentences. The final results show a high degree of student satisfaction and a good motivation. This experience can be extrapolated to other degrees or subjects.

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2010 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE)

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27-30 Oct. 2010