Mapping student approaches to learning within a civil engineering program

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Title Mapping student approaches to learning within a civil engineering program
Author Jenkins, Graham Andrew; Edwards, David Thomas; Nepal, Kali Prasad; Bolton, Mark William
Publication Title Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE) Conference Proceedings
Editor A/Prof Euan Lindsay and Dr Yasir M. Al-Abdeli
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Perth, Australia
Publisher Causal Productions
Abstract Most civil engineering programs include a broad curriculum covering a range of relevant engineering and generic skills, combined with a range of teaching and learning environments. This provides both the breadth and the depth of civil engineering knowledge required by graduates to practise as “work-ready” professional engineers with an appropriate level of specialisation. The approach to learning adopted by students will have a strong influence on their ability to act as “life-long-learners”. Integration of courses within the engineering program is one way to improve student performance by motivating them to move beyond surface approaches to their learning. However, the learning approach adopted by students varies from course to course depending on the student’s perception of the teaching and learning environment. This paper describes an investigation into the way in which students approach their learning across a civil engineering program. A survey of students has been undertaken to identify where students adopt deep and surface learning approaches. The variation in the way students approach their learning has been investigated across all years of the program, as well as within year-based cohorts of students. The study has identified opportunities within the program to facilitate the development of “life-long-learner” skills by students.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.aaee.com.au/conferences/2011/
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2011. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owner[s] for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this conference please refer to the publisher’s website or contact the authors.
Conference name AAEE 2011
Location Fremantle, Western Australia
Date From 2011-12-05
Date To 2011-12-07
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/46574
Date Accessioned 2012-05-29; 2012-08-27T12:03:26Z
Date Available 2012-08-27T12:03:26Z
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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