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Acquisition of transversal skills through PBL: a study of the perceptions of the students and teachers in materials science courses in engineering

By Lidón Moliner Miravet, Teresa Guraya, Pablo López Crespo, Marta Royo González, Jose Gamez-Perez, Mercè Segarra and Luis Cabedo


The main goal of this work is describing the experience in using Project Based Learning (PBL) methodology in Materials Science courses in several Engineering degrees. The courses were taught simultaneously in four different Spanish universities. In addition, the impact of this proposal on the acquisition of transversal skills through the perceptions of students and teachers is assessed. In order to do so, voices of over 54 students and 5 lecturers involved in the work have been gathered and studied descriptively. Discussion groups and self-reports have been collected and subsequently analysed. The analysis of the data collected by these two instruments has been coded and categorized into general dimensions. The results show how, through the PBL, self-learning is encouraged and the development of transversal skills such as teamwork are enhanced. Meanwhile, the lecturers consider PBL an appropriate methodology for Materials Science courses; however its implementation requires a higher work load. The faculty acknowledged PBL as a very interesting tool to work and evaluate transversal competences. Hence, the PBL methodology stands as one of the most effective methods that meet the demands of the 21st century and enables students to acquire not only content based knowledge, but also other abilities.Authors wish to thank the Vicerrectorado de Estudiantes, Ocupación e Innovación Educativa from Universitat Jaume I de Castellón for the financial support through the Project (PIE 2907/14). Additionally the authors thank the Vicerrectorado de Innovación Docente from University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU the financial support

Topics: active learning methods, teaching methodologies, European higher education area
Publisher: Universitat Politècnica de València
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.4995/muse.2015.3896
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Provided by: Repositori UJI
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