The Impact of the EWB Design Summit on the Professional Social Responsibility Attitudes of Participants

Daniel, S and Brown, N 2018, 'The Impact of the EWB Design Summit on the Professional Social Responsibility Attitudes of Participants', in Proceedings of the 125th Annual Conference and Exposition of the American Society for Engineering Education, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, 24-27 June 2018, pp. 1-11.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title The Impact of the EWB Design Summit on the Professional Social Responsibility Attitudes of Participants
Author(s) Daniel, S
Brown, N
Year 2018
Conference name Annual Conference & Exposition
Conference location Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Conference dates 24-27 June 2018
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 125th Annual Conference and Exposition of the American Society for Engineering Education
Publisher American Society for Engineering Education
Place of publication Washington DC, United States
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Abstract The Engineers without Borders (EWB) Design Summit is an international educational study tour primarily for Australian undergraduate engineering students. since its inception in 2015, almost 1000 participants have experienced the two-week program, learning about human-centred design, working cross-culturally, and more generally about how engineering and technology can contribute towards creating positive change within communities. Design Summits have predominantly been held in Cambodia and India, as well as Nepal, Malaysia, Timor-Leste, and Samoa, with community-based organisations that EWB Australia already has an existing relationship with. The Design Summit program has a number of aims, including 'nurturing future development leaders' and 'embedding people-centred values and approaches in engineering education'. To evaluate how well these aims are being met, a questionnaire was adapted from existing instruments that purport to measure multi-cultural competence [1] and the perceived social responsibility of engineers [2, 3]. The results from this latter part of the questionnaire are the focus of this paper. This questionnaire was used in a pre-/post-/retention protocol with Design Summit participants. The results will be discussed in detail in the full paper. Although the analysis was confounded by a low completion rate (less than 8% of those who completed the pre-Summit questionnaire went on to also complete the 'retention' questionnaire, ∼6 months after the Summit), one finding is clear. There is a strong self-selection bias for students who participate in these programs, to have a strong sense of social responsibility. On the quantitative attitudinal questions they scored highly on these measures in the pre-Summit questionnaire, and since they topped out on these questions on the post-Summit and retention questionnaires it seems the instrument is not sensitive enough to reliably measure any attitudinal shifts that may have taken place. Pre-Summit attitudes to pr
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