Teaching Engineering Ethics Through a Psychology Course

Nguyen Van Hanh, Nguyen Tien Long, Nguyen Thi Duyen, Phan Thi Thanh Canh, Nguyen Thanh Long, Mai Duc Thang


While ethics instruction is now widespread, studies are still looking for different ways to integrate ethics in engineering programs. In this article, we propose a novel approach by teaching engineering ethics through a psychology course. Starting with the relevant literature studies, we have argued that the phenomeno-logical experience of ethics is a source to explain psychological truths, while en-gineering ethics can be better taught from psychological / behavioral perspectives. A pedagogical approach of experiential learning has been applied to integrate engineering ethics into the psychology course. The empirical study with 400 stu-dents in psychology courses show that teaching engineering ethics through a psychology course has a significant effect on improving the knowledge of engi-neering ethics for students. The relationship between the two pre- and post-test scores was a strong positive linear relationship. A regression equation with a slope of a straight line of 0.57 and a constant of 1.52 has been provided to predict the improvement of post-test scores through pre-test scores. This study proposes the formation of a "psychology and ethics" module in technical schools.


Experiential learning; engineering ethics; psychology course; professional responsibility; teaching engineering ethics

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International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy (iJEP) – eISSN: 2192-4880
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