An evaluation of a project-based learning initiative in engineering education

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Title An evaluation of a project-based learning initiative in engineering education
Author Palmer, Stuart; Hall, Wayne
Journal Name European Journal of Engineering Education
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Abstract Project-based learning (PBL) is a well-known methodology for engineering design education due to a number of benefits it is claimed to offer. This paper presents the initial offering of a first-year engineering PBL unit at Griffith University in Australia. An evaluation of student perceptions of the unit revealed that students generally enjoyed the experience, with the oral presentation aspect receiving the lowest satisfaction rating. There was no significant difference in the ratings between any demographic grouping, suggesting that all students were able to participate in, and experience, the unit in essentially the same way. The best aspects of the unit and those aspects needing improvement were similar to the findings of other investigations documented in the literature. It is proposed that future offerings of the unit will reduce the number of design projects from three to two per semester and will attempt more sophisticated individualisation of marks for group work activities.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03043797.2011.593095
Volume 36
Issue Number 4
Page from 357
Page to 365
ISSN 0304-3797
Date Accessioned 2011-08-05
Date Available 2011-09-22T06:48:07Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Educational Technology and Computing
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/40884
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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