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Impact of Ethical Awareness on Engineering Identity Formation Using Ordinary Least Squares Analysis

Mihee Park , John Jongho Park , Yu-Ling Chang , David Passmore

The 21st century marks a world where scientific, humanistic, technological, and societal issues are integrated. The complexity caused by the reciproca.

  • Pub. date: August 15, 2024
  • Online Pub. date: June 04, 2024
  • Pages: 397-412
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The 21st century marks a world where scientific, humanistic, technological, and societal issues are integrated. The complexity caused by the reciprocal effects among technology, engineering, cultural, and social values raises new ethical problems. This study addresses recent increased attention to the relationship between ethical awareness and engineering identity factors. Participants in this study were 246 undergraduate engineering students enrolled in a research university located in the northeast U.S. Bivariate correlation and ordinary least squares regression were conducted. Bivariate correlations showed that ethical awareness was positively correlated to engineering interest, engineering recognition, and engineering performance/competence, which are the three factors of engineering identity. The OLS regression showed the r2 value for the computed regression equation indicated that there was a non-zero relationship between the set of all independent variables (engineering identity factors, gender, ethnicity, years in school, and first-generation status) and the dependent (ethical awareness) and that the final set of independent variables accounted for approximately 22% of the variation in the dependent variable, Ethical Awareness. Undergraduate engineering education is a key to ensuring engineers will uphold the ethical values of the profession. This study contributes to the practical value of engineering ethics awareness by affirming that engineering identity is sound and should be applied in practice.

Keywords: Engineering education, engineering ethics, engineering identity, ethical awareness.

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