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Voices from the Workplace: Practitioners’ Perspectives on the Role of Empathy and Care within Engineering (2016)


This study extends previous work on two related phenomena, empathy and care, within engineering. In two phases, we collected and thematically analyzed semi-structured interviews with 25 practicing engineers in order to understand how they conceptualized empathy and care (Phase 1) and in what ways they perceived empathy and care to exist within or be important to engineering practice (Phase 2). Qualitative outcomes of this study include 3 categories with 11 themes that highlight how these phenomena are described by engineers (Phase 1) and 4 categories with 13 themes which depict how engineers perceive these phenomena within their work (Phase 2). Using these results, we consider how empathy and care may be conceptualized within an engineering context, the outcomes of an empathetic/caring engineering process, and contextual and philosophical considerations for integrating empathy/care into engineering practice and education.

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Authors & Contributors
Yoon, S.
Bordogna, Joseph
Richards-Kortum, Rebecca
Ruiz i Pedrol, Arnau
Baranowski, Mitch
Nan Wang
The Bridge: Journal of the National Academy of Engineering
Engineering Studies
Science in Context
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
Quaderns d'Història de l'Enginyeria
International Journal for the History of Engineering and Technology
Real Academia de Ingeniería/Institución “Fernando El Católico”/ Prensas Universitarias de Zaragoza
Ohio University Press
Center of Military History, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army
Professional qualifications; status; remuneration
Engineers, military
Firestone, Floyd A.
Lipps, Theodor
Franco, Francisco
Eupalinos of Megara
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
20th century, late
20th century, early
United States
Middle and Near East
South Korea
Mediterranean region
Chinese Academy of Engineering
Chinese Academy of Sciences
United States. Army. Corps of Engineers

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