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Aspirational ethics as a contributing factor in engineering students’ ethical awareness and behavior

Ahmad, Zuraida and Mohamed Noor, Noraini and Toha, Siti Fauziah and Hasbullah, Nurul Fadzlin and Sophian, Ali and Mel, Maizirwan (2021) Aspirational ethics as a contributing factor in engineering students’ ethical awareness and behavior. IIUM Journal of Educational Studies, 9 (3). pp. 17-36. ISSN 2289-8085

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As ethical behavior is a part of engineers' professional identity and practice, developing ethical behavior skills in future engineers is a vital component of the engineering curriculum. There are already established instructional methods to teach engineering ethics (EE), however, it is concentrated on ethical awareness, and little attention has been given to how this will affect the ethical behavior. Even though students are capable of exercising ethical judgment, it does not mean that they are ethically literate or likely to act ethically. The assessment of engineering ethics cannot be conducted based on ethical judgment, because the ethical awareness of some engineers has not translated into ethical behavior. An alternative instructional method for measuring the ethical behavior is required to see how the ethical awareness given in the classroom setting is translated to the actual ethical behavior. Therefore, the focus of this paper is to propose an instructional method that correlates with both ethical awareness and ethical behavior, through aspirational ethics which require the students to contribute to the society. This method integrates the theory of morals and values, ethical and unethical conduct, code of practices of an engineer, ethics with the environment, and the responsibility of the engineer for the safety of everybody. Students’ ethical behavior in the society will be demonstrated through the University Social Responsibility (USR) projects. From these projects, the students’ ethical behavior is assessed by their peers, beneficiaries that they are serving, as well as by the educators, regarding their ethical conduct. This will be the tools to observe the degree of correlations between the ethical awareness instilled and behavior manifested. Applying these instructional methods will allow educators to build confidence and trust in their students' ability to build a professional identity and be prepared for the engineering profession and practice.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Uncontrolled Keywords: aspirational ethics, engineering ethics, engineering education
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics > BJ1725 Ethics of social groups, classes, etc. Professional ethics
L Education > L Education (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Engineering
Depositing User: Dr Ali Sophian
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2021 11:15
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2021 11:15
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/94238

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