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How do the learning outcomes of students compare in units with different levels of practical work? A comparative study about the relation between Problem-­Based Learning and assessment approaches

Mejias, Luis (2010) How do the learning outcomes of students compare in units with different levels of practical work? A comparative study about the relation between Problem-­Based Learning and assessment approaches. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    The literature supporting the notion that active, student-centered learning is superior to passive, teacher-centered instruction is encyclopedic (Bonwell & Eison, 1991; Bruning, Schraw, & Ronning, 1999; Haile, 1997a, 1997b, 1998; Johnson, Johnson, & Smith, 1999). Previous action research demonstrated that introducing a learning activity in class improved the learning outcomes of students (Mejias, 2010). People acquire knowledge and skills through practice and reflection, not by watching and listening to others telling them how to do something. In this context, this project aims to find more insights about the level of interactivity in the curriculum a class should have and its alignment with assessment so the intended learning outcomes (ILOs) are achieved. In this project, interactivity is implemented in the form of problem- based learning (PBL). I present the argument that a more continuous formative feedback when implemented with the correct amount of PBL stimulates student engagement bringing enormous benefits to student learning. Different levels of practical work (PBL) were implemented together with two different assessment approaches in two subjects. The outcomes were measured using qualitative and quantitative data to evaluate the levels of student engagement and satisfaction in the terms of ILOs.

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    ID Code: 49259
    Item Type: Other
    Keywords: active learning, engineering critical-thinking, student-centred learning, HERN
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
    Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation
    Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
    Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Luis Mejias
    Deposited On: 26 Mar 2012 08:02
    Last Modified: 26 Mar 2012 08:02

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