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Abstract Title: Leveraging case studies of engineering students’ discussions of socio-scientific issues to motivate ethics education in physics
Abstract: We present analysis of audio-video data from a series of focus group sessions in which engineering students discursively construct various stakeholders in the context of Target's use of predictive analytics to aggressively advertise to pregnant women. Preliminary analysis strongly supports that students need a lot of structured scaffolding to conceptualize harm resulting from technology, especially when the stakeholders are across lines of power and privilege. While situated in engineering contexts, this work is highly relevant to PER. As educators, we care about physics students' participation as informed citizens in civic activities. About 70% of graduating physics majors work in industry/national-lab and about 59% of these are in engineering or related fields. Our project informs how instructional scaffolds could help students move past simplistic stances about science and engineering (such as "science and engineering always help society") and think more deeply about the ethical and social dimensions of STEM.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B34

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Ayush Gupta
University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: 3014055445
and Co-Presenter(s)
Alexis Papak, University of Maryland, College Park. MD 20740.
Chandra Turpen, University of Maryland, College Park. MD 20740.