Interdisciplinary learning for final year engineering projects: Case studies
Sohel, F.A., Thorne, C., Jegathesan, J., Sergeev, E. and Bennamoun, M. (2011) Interdisciplinary learning for final year engineering projects: Case studies. In: Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference 2011, 5 - 7 December 2011, Fremantle, Western Australia
Recent research has highlighted that today's engineering graduates need to have stronger interdisciplinary communication and teamwork skills as well as a broader perspective of the issues that concern their profession such as social, environmental and economic issues. We review a number of interdisciplinary project based case studies to determine what motivates students to learn and achieve and compare our experience with Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Project Based Learning (PjBL) frameworks. Our analysis uncovered factors other than those traditionally identified in PBL or PjBL that appear to play a significant role in learning achievement.
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