We've Been Framed! Ends, Means, and the Ethics of the Grand(iose) Challenges

Donna Riley
2012 International Journal of Engineering Social Justice and Peace  
Since the United States' National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenges were first publicly articulated in 2008, engineering educators have used its ideas to motivate their work. While there is a sense of moral imperative around pursuing selected Challenges, work that critically examines the ethics of the Grand Challenges has so far been rare. In this paper, examining the process surrounding the framing of the Grand Challenges generates a series of ethical questions about both the specifics
more » ... of the Challenges and the processes that gave rise to them. A Grand Challenges lesson plan for classroom implementation focuses students on the ethics of problem framing, and the consideration of social justice questions as an integral part of professional ethics.
doi:10.24908/ijesjp.v1i2.4307 fatcat:mwjcucrgtbastddgb3gzl44y6q