Comparative study of project-based learning and traditional lecture-tutorial teaching approaches in undergraduate engineering courses

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Title Comparative study of project-based learning and traditional lecture-tutorial teaching approaches in undergraduate engineering courses
Author Nepal, Kali Prasad; Panuwatwanich, Kriengsak
Publication Title Proceedings of the 2011 AAEE Conference
Editor A/Prof Euan Lindsay and Dr Yasir M. Al-Abdeli
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Perth, Australia
Publisher Causal Productions
Abstract Project and/or problem based learning has been widely recognised as active, collaborative, cumulative and integrative learning approach that engages learners and centres on practical education. However, its widespread implementation in engineering curricula at Australian universities has not been realised due to a number of issues including resources required for large classes, teaching staff’s reluctance to embrace it and students’ learning styles, beliefs and expectations. On the other hand, traditional lecture-tutorial teaching approach is also criticised for being passive, surface learning and exam-focused. This study compares the data from students’ actual performance, course evaluation and expectation in two large undergraduate courses over the last two years. This study is interesting in that both courses were taught by the same teaching staff using entirely two different learning and teaching approaches to the same cohort of students in the same semester within the same degree program. The analysis shows that there are significant differences between students’ actual performance, course evaluation and expectation. Such conflicting differences might have negative impact on teaching staff who wish to adopt project and/or problem based learning in their undergraduate engineering courses.
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Conference name Australasian Association of Engineering Education (AAEE) 2011 Conference
Location Fremantle, Western Australia
Date From 2011-01-05
Date To 2011-01-07
Date Accessioned 2012-02-04
Date Available 2014-03-06T02:58:49Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Management
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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