Ethics Across the Curriculum: Prospects for Broader (and Deeper) Teaching and Learning in Research and Engineering Ethics

Original Paper

Abstract

The movements to teach the responsible conduct of research (RCR) and engineering ethics at technological universities are often unacknowledged aspects of the ethics across the curriculum (EAC) movement and could benefit from explicit alliances with it. Remarkably, however, not nearly as much scholarly attention has been devoted to EAC as to RCR or to engineering ethics, and RCR and engineering ethics educational efforts are not always presented as facets of EAC. The emergence of EAC efforts at two different institutions—the Illinois Institute of Technology and Utah Valley University (UVU)—provide counter examples. The remarkably successful UVU initiative gave birth to EAC as a scholarly movement and to the associated Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum. EAC initiatives at the Colorado School of Mines, however, point up continuing institutional resistances to EAC. Finally, comparative reflection on successes and failures can draw some lessons for the future. One suggestion is that increasing demands for accountability and pedagogical research into what works in teaching and learning offers special opportunities.

Keywords

Colorado School of Mines Engineering ethics Ethics across the curriculum Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education Interdisciplinarity Illinois Institute of Technology National Endowment for the Humanities National Science Foundation Responsible conduct of research Utah Valley University 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of PhilosophyRenmin University of ChinaBeijingChina
  2. 2.Liberal Arts and International StudiesColorado School of MinesGoldenUSA
  3. 3.Utah Valley UniversityOremUSA

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