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A longitudinal evaluation of a project-based learning initiative in an engineering undergraduate programme

Hall, Wayne, Palmer, Stuart and Bennett, Mitchell 2012, A longitudinal evaluation of a project-based learning initiative in an engineering undergraduate programme, European journal of engineering education, vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 155-165.

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Title A longitudinal evaluation of a project-based learning initiative in an engineering undergraduate programme
Author(s) Hall, Wayne
Palmer, Stuart
Bennett, Mitchell
Journal name European journal of engineering education
Volume number 37
Issue number 2
Start page 155
End page 165
Total pages 11
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2012-05
ISSN 0304-3797
1469-5898
Keyword(s) project-based learning
engineering education
evaluation
Summary Project-based learning (PBL) is a well-known student-centred methodology for engineering design education. The methodology claims to offer a number of educational benefits. This paper evaluates the student perceptions of the initial and second offering of a first-year design unit at Griffith University in Australia. It builds on an earlier evaluation conducted after the initial offering of the unit. It considers the implementation of the recommended changes. Evaluations of the two offerings reveal that students (in both the initial and second offering) generally enjoyed the experience, but that the second offering was found to be a significantly more enjoyable learning experience. Students in the second offering also reported a significantly better understanding of what they needed to do for the design projects and where to find the requisite information. The oral presentation aspect of the initial and second offerings received the lowest satisfaction rating. The inclusion (and delivery) of the computer-aided drawing component of the unit is seen as a positive aspect by some students, but many others comment on it negatively. The best aspects of the PBL unit and those aspects needing further improvement were similar to the findings of other investigations documented in the literature.
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
Copyright notice ©2012, Taylor & Francis
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