Evaluating the self-directed learning readiness of engineering undergraduates: a necessary precursor to project-based learning

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Title Evaluating the self-directed learning readiness of engineering undergraduates: a necessary precursor to project-based learning
Author Stewart, Rodney Anthony
Journal Name World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education
Editor Zenon J. Pudlowski
Year Published 2007
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher UCIEE
Abstract Contemporary learning environments 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 students struggle to adjust to a learning environment where they are being increasingly encouraged to undertake self directed learning (SDL). Thus, this paper proposes to evaluate the SDL readiness of final year engineering students. To achieve this objective, a questionnaire survey of 22 students (37 per cent of final year cohort) completing the civil engineering program at Griffith University was conducted. Moreover, the relationship between a respondent's grade point average (GPA) and their SDL readiness was determined. Through understanding students SDL readiness throughout their engineering programs, academics can better tailor PBL support mechanisms to achieve desired learning outcomes.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://eng.monash.edu.au/
Alternative URI http://www.ucpbl.net/
Copyright Statement Copyright 2007 UNESCO International Centre for Engineering Education (UICEE). The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Use hypertext link to access the journal's webpage.
Volume 6
Issue Number 1
Page from 59
Page to 62
ISSN 1446-2257
Date Accessioned 2008-02-28
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject PRE2009-Education Studies
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/17800
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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