The engineering and science Issues Test (ESIT): A discipline-specific approach to assessing moral judgment

Title: The engineering and science Issues Test (ESIT): A discipline-specific approach to assessing moral judgment
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: June 2010
Published In: Science and Engineering Ethics
Description:

To assess ethics pedagogy in science and engineering, we developed a new tool called the Engineering and Science Issues Test (ESIT). ESIT measures moral judgment in a manner similar to the Defining Issues Test, second edition, but is built around technical dilemmas in science and engineering. We used a quasi-experimental approach with pre- and post-tests, and we compared the results to those of a control group with no overt ethics instruction. Our findings are that several (but not all) stand-alone classes showed a significant improvement compared to the control group when the metric includes multiple stages of moral development. We also found that the written test had a higher response rate and sensitivity to pedagogy than the electronic version. We do not find significant differences on pre-test scores with respect to age, education level, gender or political leanings, but we do on whether subjects were native English speakers. We did not find significant differences on pre-test scores based on whether subjects had previous ethics instruction; this could suggest a lack of a long-term effect from the instruction. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

Ivan Allen College Contributors:
External Contributors: Matthew J. Drake, Julie L. Swann
Citation:

Science and Engineering Ethics. 16. Issue 2. 387 - 407. ISSN 1353-3452. DOI 10.1007/s11948-009-9148-z.

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