An exploratory study of students' empathy toward others following a product archaeology activity

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Abstract

Engineering students enrolled in a second-year use-inspired project course participated in a hands-on, role-playing, team-based product archaeology experience-reconstructing the life cycle of a product. The embedded focus on customer needs, design specifications, and manufacturing processes used to produce the product lent themselves to a post-intervention analysis of student reflections regarding the experience, specifically student understanding and empathy toward both users of the product and interdisciplinary team members. End of semester reflections written or audio recorded by students were used to better understand how the product archaeology project instilled a sense of importance in understanding people and having empathy toward others when designing a solution to an engineering problem. Preliminary findings suggest that the role engineering students played-designer, anthropologist, physicist, environmentalist, or machinist-on their interdisciplinary design team impacted their recognition of people in the process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication6th Research in Engineering Education Symposium: Translating Research into Practice, REES 2015
PublisherDublin Institute of Technology
StatePublished - 2015
Event6th Research in Engineering Education Symposium: Translating Research into Practice, REES 2015 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: Jul 13 2015Jul 15 2015

Other

Other6th Research in Engineering Education Symposium: Translating Research into Practice, REES 2015
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period7/13/157/15/15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Engineering(all)

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    Carberry, A., Kellam, N., Brunhaver, S., Sugar, T., & McKenna, A. (2015). An exploratory study of students' empathy toward others following a product archaeology activity. In 6th Research in Engineering Education Symposium: Translating Research into Practice, REES 2015 Dublin Institute of Technology.