Investigating the link between self directed learning readiness and project based learning outcomes: the case of international Masters Students in an engineering management course

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Title Investigating the link between self directed learning readiness and project based learning outcomes: the case of international Masters Students in an engineering management course
Author Stewart, Rodney Anthony
Journal Name European Journal of Engineering Education
Editor Jean Michel
Year Published 2007
Place of publication London, UK
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Abstract Modern learning approaches increasingly have fewer structured learning activities and more self directed learning tasks guided through consultation with academics. Such tasks are predominately project/problem based where the student is required to follow a freely guided road map to self discovery whilst simultaneously achieving desired learning outcomes for a particular course. However, many international students struggle to adjust to an Australian higher learning environment where they are being increasingly encouraged to undertake self directed learning (SDL). Thus, this paper proposes the concept that international students who have higher readiness for SDL gain greater learning outcomes from project based learning (PBL) approaches. To achieve this objective, a questionnaire survey of 26 students (65 per cent of class) completing an engineering management course was conducted. Linear regression analysis provided evidence that SDL readiness was a key enabler for achieving learning outcomes from PBL. In particular, having high self management skills was shown to be the most significant and reliable predictor for achieving learning outcomes from PBL. Through understanding students SDL readiness at the commencement of their engineering programs, academics can better tailor PBL support mechanisms to achieve desired learning outcomes.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/03043797.asp
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03043790701337197
Copyright Statement Copyright [year] Taylor & Francis. 2007 This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 32
Issue Number 4
Page from 453
Page to 465
ISSN 0304-3797
Date Accessioned 2008-02-28
Date Available 2008-07-29T04:14:21Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Management
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Education Studies
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/17799
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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