Progression of student self-assessed learning outcomes in systemic PBL

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Abstract

Problem- and project-based learning (PBL) has been seen as one of the pedagogical models to bridge the knowledge gab between education and work. This article reports a study of students’ preparedness from a systemic PBL university to enter work life. Theoretically, a conceptual understanding of a systemic PBL is presented including four elements: 1) knowledge and problem modes, 2) variation in problem and project approaches, 3) an interlinked full-scale curriculum, and 4) focus on PBL competences and employability skills. A longitudinal study for a national cohort of Danish engineering education students from the first-year programme until graduation and into their first job is presented. A comparison of a systemic PBL university with a reference group is presented. The findings show that students at the systemic PBL university compared to the reference universities report a higher level of preparedness in terms of generic and contextual competences but self-assess themselves as less prepared considering more domain-specific competences related to natural science.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
ISSN0304-3797
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2020

Keywords

  • PBL
  • longitudinal study
  • students’ learning outcomes
  • systemic PBL

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