Influences on student learning in engineering : some results from case studies fieldwork

Boles, Wageeh W., Jolly, Lesley, Hadgraft, Roger, Howard, Prue, & Beck, Hilary (2010) Influences on student learning in engineering : some results from case studies fieldwork. Australasian Journal of Engineering Education, 16(2), pp. 149-165.

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Many factors affect students’ progression through their engineering programs. Some of these factors can be personal, intellectual or attributed to the influence of the learning environment. To examine these influences closely, we conducted fieldwork at three universities in three States. The investigation considered factors such as understanding how students take in, process and present information as part of the learning process, to extract clues on how specific teaching methods can be used to maximize learning. A number of focus groups were conducted with students and the data gathered was combined with survey results of students and academics’ learning styles. The influence on student learning was also examined in terms of the teaching styles of academics. This paper reports on the process followed and provides some analysis of the gathered data, as part of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council,(ALTC), Associate Fellowship program.

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ID Code: 21135
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Learning Styles, HERN, Engineering, Teaching styles
ISSN: 1324-5821
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > OTHER ENGINEERING (099900)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Institution of Engineers Australia
Deposited On: 12 Jun 2009 05:20
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2015 06:03

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