ERIC Number: EJ1163501
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Insights from Industry: A Quantitative Analysis of Engineers' Perceptions of Empathy and Care within Their Practice
Hess, Justin L.; Strobel, Johannes; Pan, Rui; Wachter Morris, Carrie A.
European Journal of Engineering Education, v42 n6 p1128-1153 2017
This study focuses on two seldom-investigated skills or dispositions aligned with engineering habits of mind--empathy and care. In order to conduct quantitative research, we designed, explored the underlying structure of, validated, and tested the reliability of the Empathy and Care Questionnaire (ECQ), a new psychometric instrument. In the second part, we used the ECQ to explore the perceptions of empathy and care of alumni/ae of an internationally ranked US institution, along with how perceptions differed by work experience and gender. Results show that participants perceived empathy and care to be important in multiple respects, most notably in relational aspects of engineering practice. Engineers with more engineering experience were more likely to perceive empathy and care as existing in engineering practice and as important to their work. While these phenomena are sometimes depicted as feminine qualities, we found no gender differences among our respondents.
Descriptors: Engineering, Professional Personnel, Empathy, Caring, Statistical Analysis, Test Construction, Questionnaires, Test Validity, Test Reliability, Psychometrics, Experience, Gender Differences, Attitude Measures, Factor Structure, Alumni, Likert Scales, Factor Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)
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Grant or Contract Numbers: DGE1333468