What lessons to be learnt from reflective learning journals written by students to improve learning and intercultural awareness?

Lars Peter Jensen

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Abstract

 

This paper addresses the problem of mixing Danish engineering students having 3 years of experience with project work in teams, with foreign students starting on Master Engineering educations with close to zero PBL experience.

The first semester the foreign students are working in teams together and given special help to develop team and project work skills. When Danish and foreign students are grouped in mixed teams on the 2nd semester, the Danish students still are experts in project work and they are not familiar with taking in less skilled newcomers.

A new course was established for Danish 1st semester Master students in 2007, with a double purpose of both developing team work and intercultural skills further and restart the students reflection and talking about how they actually work together, to prepare them to take in foreign students on the 2nd semester. To secure the latter part and the learning goal the students have to write an individual learning journal. The setup of the course and the learning journals was presented at last years SEFI conference.

This paper will investigate the learning portfolios further, now having two years experiences in app. 100 portfolios. The focus will be on intercultural awareness and the lessons to be learnt about how to prepare for and start up an intercultural teamwork in problem solving.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 37th SEFI Conference 2009 : Attracting young people to engineering: Engineering is fun!
EditorsMaartje van den Bogaard, Erik de Graaff, Gillian Saunders-Smits
Number of pages7
PublisherSEFI: European Association for Engineering Education
Publication date2009
ISBN (Print)978-2-87352-001-4
ISBN (Electronic)978-2-87352-001-4
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventSEFI Annual Conference 2009 - Attracting young people to engineering: Engineering is fun! - Rotterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 1 Jul 20094 Jul 2009
Conference number: 37

Conference

ConferenceSEFI Annual Conference 2009 - Attracting young people to engineering: Engineering is fun!
Number37
CountryNetherlands
CityRotterdam
Period01/07/200904/07/2009

Keywords

  • Intercultural learning
  • Reflective learning journal
  • Professional Team work

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