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An evaluation of a project-based learning initiative in engineering education

Palmer, Stuart and Hall, Wayne 2011, An evaluation of a project-based learning initiative in engineering education, European journal of engineering education, vol. 36, no. 4, pp. 357-365.

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Title An evaluation of a project-based learning initiative in engineering education
Author(s) Palmer, Stuart
Hall, Wayne
Journal name European journal of engineering education
Volume number 36
Issue number 4
Start page 357
End page 365
Total pages 8
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Oxfordshire, England
Publication date 2011-07
ISSN 0304-3797
1469-5898
Keyword(s) project-based learning
engineering education
evaluation
Summary Project-based learning (PBL) is a well-known methodology for engineering design education due to a number of benefits it is claimed to offer. This paper presents the initial offering of a first-year engineering PBL unit at Griffith University in Australia. An evaluation of student perceptions of the unit revealed that students generally enjoyed the experience, with the oral presentation aspect receiving the lowest satisfaction rating. There was no significant difference in the ratings between any demographic grouping, suggesting that all students were able to participate in, and experience, the unit in essentially the same way. The best aspects of the unit and those aspects needing improvement were similar to the findings of other investigations documented in the literature. It is proposed that future offerings of the unit will reduce the number of design projects from three to two per semester and will attempt more sophisticated individualisation of marks for group work activities.
Language eng
Field of Research 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, Taylor & Francis
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