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ERIC Number: EJ1096235
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-2158-0502
Dodging Marshmallows: Simulations to Teach Ethics
Weidman, Justin; Coombs, Dawan
Technology and Engineering Teacher, v75 n7 p14-18 Apr 2016
Students had just participated in an experiential learning exercise where they played dodgeball using marshmallows, but the unique context of the game introduced ethical dilemmas that integrated ethics education into a technical education classroom setting. Research shows that "Engineering curriculum and activities at the K-12 level should be designed to expose students to [ethical considerations inherent in the practice of engineering], and as a result students should be aware of the importance of these issues in the field of engineering" (Moore, Glancy, Tank, Kersten, Smith, & Stohlmann 2014). How do STEM teachers teach students to think about ethical issues and their role in their future careers? This article describes how this whole-class simulation provided a forum for students to experience simulated ethical challenges while exploring principles foundational to STEM careers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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