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Project “Early Technical Education”. An opportunity to implement practices of curriculum innovation  [cached]
Ana Margarida Veiga Sim?o,Elisabete Rodrigues,Belmiro Cabrito
Sísifo : Educational Sciences Journal , 2007,
Abstract: The European project “Early Technical Education” seeks to promote technical education for children, encouraging them in the understanding of scientific-technological phenomena.To this end, it was endeavoured to develop children-targeted pedagogical material to be applied in the initial and continuous training of Pré-primary and Primary Education teachers and duly based on teaching-learning methodological approaches that comprise the fields of Education and Technology. As a result, a digital manual was prepared with didactic resources on-line (http://www.earlytechnicaleducation.org).In this article, besides introducing the Project and the site, we also refer to case studies which have taken place in Portugal, namely the evaluation of some of the options indicated in the manual.
Some characteristics and trends of applied mathematical training for students learning IT-specialities at technical university  [PDF]
Karpasyuk Igor Vladimirovich
Vestnik Astrahanskogo Gosudarstvennogo Tehni?eskogo Universiteta. Seria: Upravlenie, Vy?islitel?naa Tehnika i Informatika , 2013,
Abstract: Comparative analysis of teaching a mathematical discipline for a couple of IT-specialities is carried out. The scheme of educational material description for its easy practical using is described. Trends shown by students’ results are analyzed. Advantages of project teaching method using for labs are considered. Some directions of development of mathematical education in technical university are marked out.
Project-Based Learning to Promote Effective Learning in Biotechnology Courses  [PDF]
Farahnaz Movahedzadeh,Ryan Patwell,Jenna E. Rieker,Trinidad Gonzalez
Education Research International , 2012, DOI: 10.1155/2012/536024
Abstract: With enrollment in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) shrinking, teachers are faced with the problem of appealing to a new generation of students without sacrificing educational quality. Evidence has shown that this problem can be reduced with the use of a number of pedagogical strategies of which project-based learning (PBL) is one. PBL addresses the fundamental challenge of increasing students’ motivation, their mastery of course material, and finding applications for what they have learned to apply in various situations. This study demonstrates the benefits of redesigning a standard lab-based molecular biology course to create a more effective learning environment. Using PBL, students who enrolled in Bio-251 at Harold Washington College in Chicago were given the responsibility of cloning a bacterial gene from one species into a new host species. They were then tasked with the expression and purification of the resulting protein for future research purposes at University of Illinois-Chicago, a leading 4-year research institute. With use of the PBL method, students showed improvement in the areas of self-confidence, lab technical skills, and interest in STEM-related fields and, most of all, the students showed a high level of performance and satisfaction. 1. Introduction In 2003, the National Research Council suggested that opportunities for gaining a greater understanding of science could be realized through project-based laboratory courses [1]. Project-Based Learning (PBL) allows students to work actively with the applied techniques of the laboratory setting, while incorporating critical thinking, collaboration, and problem solving skills in the context of content-based knowledge that influences comprehension and academic self-confidence. This method also benefits students by granting them accountability for laboratory projects, an approach that yields a deeper understanding of how science is practiced by scientists through problem solving and the formulation and testing of a hypothesis-based research [2]. This fundamental understanding is a direct byproduct of the project-based learning method. In this study, we intend to highlight the outcomes of transforming a standard molecular biology course in a community college into a more effective learning experience using project-based learning. This is simply because project-based learning utilizes both the tactile and visual senses to create a more complete learning experience, one that proves crucial in promoting the growth of STEM program enrollments [3]. Such a
An Empirical Evaluation of Technical Drawing Didactic in Virtual Worlds  [cached]
Sharefa Murad,Ignazio Passero,Rita Francese,Genoveffa Tortora
International Journal of Online Engineering (iJOE) , 2011, DOI: 10.3991/ijoe.v7is1.1733
Abstract: This work proposes a 3D Virtual World environment and a didactic experience for training young students in an environment capable of supporting the engineering practices based on technical drawing. The main difficulty of technical drawing consists in representing a 3D object on a 2D medium. This restriction imposes to human mind to be able to summarize the spatial properties of objects on the paper. The proposed system trains these capabilities by requiring students to build, in the simulated environment, simple objects represented with 2D drawings. In this way, the students are not only pushed to move themselves between different dimensionality spaces, but also they benefit of the 3D spaces for moving and exploring the models they are building. An empirical evaluation, conducted as a controlled experiment, has provided enthusiastic results in terms of user performances and impressions.
The Healing Power of Dialogos Dialogues: Transformative Learning through Dialogical Philosophizing  [PDF]
Guro Hansen Helskog
Open Journal of Social Sciences (JSS) , 2014, DOI: 10.4236/jss.2014.211011
Abstract:

To what extent might Dialogos philosophical dialogues conducted over time have therapeutical or healing effect? This is the question explored in this paper. Drawing on the model of Mezirow, transformative learning theory is applied to excerpts of qualitative empirical material from the Gandhi Project, an action research project aimed at trying out the Dialogos approach to practical philosophy in intercultural and interfaith educational contexts. Students claimed to have gained self- knowledge and knowledge of others, and that they had enhanced their social courage as well as their ability to cope with problems, personal or other, both in school and in general life. In general, they reported that they had become more mature through the project. The conclusion is that the approach is promising when transformative learning and psychological healing is made an aim of education.

Quality tools in a process of technical project management  [PDF]
A. Gwiazda
Journal of Achievements in Materials and Manufacturing Engineering , 2006,
Abstract: Purpose: The aim of this paper is to show how it could utilize the tools of quality management for the processof project management. Also it could be presented a modification of the Ishikawa diagram.Design/methodology/approach: In presented work has been applied the research methodology that bases onthe theoretical analysis and on the empirical researches. It is also presented a practical solution that proved thevalidity of proposed method.Findings: The base finding of the presented work is the new concept of the Ishikawa diagram. The secondfinding is the stratification method. This new management tools let change the process of technical solutionpreparation.Research limitations/implications: In presented work it has been used only one improved quality tool. It isconsider with the fact that the aim of the paper is to present the possibility of the improved management tool.Practical implications: The article, and particularly the presented method allow to develop the researchesconsider with quality tools. Secondly, this paper shows the importance of integration the management andtechnical procedure. And thirdly in this article is presented a technical solution that is also a result of improvedwork technique.Originality/value: The presented improve Ishikawa diagram and stratification analysis is the original authorproposition. Also presented technical solutions are original.
Effects of Problem-solving Strategies in the Teaching and Learning of Engineering Drawing Subject  [cached]
Ruhizan M. Yasin,Lilia Halim,Azaman Ishar
Asian Social Science , 2012, DOI: 10.5539/ass.v8n16p65
Abstract: The objective of this paper is to discuss the effects of teaching problem-solving strategies in the Engineering Drawing (ED) subject on student achievement, students’ knowledge of problem-solving and students’ problem-solving skills. The study was conducted on Form Four students (16 year old) from two Technical Secondary Schools in Peninsular Malaysia using two research instruments: the ED performance test and a questionnaire on problem-solving strategies. The quasi-experimental research design was employed on a sample of 209 students. The experimental group of 110 student utilized ED module which incorporated problem-solving strategies, while the control group of 109 student went through a conventional teaching and learning method. Research results showed that there were significant differences in terms of student achievement and student knowledge of problem-solving: the mean score of the experimental group was higher compared to that of the control group. On the other hand, research results showed that there was no significant difference between the two groups in terms of students’ problem-solving skills, but the mean score of the experimental group was higher compared to that of the control group. This proves that the implementation of problem-solving strategies in teaching and learning successfully increases student achievement and students’ knowledge of problem-solving besides positively affecting students’ problem-solving skills. Therefore, teachers are advised to incorporate problem-solving strategies in their teaching and learning, especially in the Engineering Drawing subject.
The integrated project as a learning experience  [cached]
Maria Angeles Antequera,Mercedes Herrero
Journal of Technology and Science Education , 2012, DOI: 10.3926/jotse.35
Abstract: Florida is a higher education centre specialising in technical and business training. Postgraduate programs, university qualifications, vocational training, secondary education, further education, occupational training and languages are taught at Florida. An educational model in accordance with the demands of the European Higher Education Area has been designed, focussing on teaching for professional competencies. We have chosen to use a methodology which promotes the development of skills and abilities, it promotes participation and it is student-centric as s/he must look for knowledge him/herself thus connecting the educational and the real world. In the different university degrees taught in our centre, each year the student carries out a project set in a real context which integrates specific competencies from the course subject and develops transversal competencies associated with the project which are the purpose of planning and progressive learning: team work, effective communication, conflict resolution, leadership skills, innovation and creativity. The IP counts for 25% of each course in terms of objectives, scheduling and final evaluation. The project grade is an individual grade for each student and is the same for all subjects which form part of the project.
?New tools for scientific learning ?in the EduSeis project: ?the e-learning experiment  [cached]
A. Bobbio,L. Cantore,N. Miranda,A. Zollo
Annals of Geophysics , 2007, DOI: 10.4401/ag-4415
Abstract: The Educational Seismological Project (EduSeis) is a scientific and educational project, the main aim of which is the development and implementation of new teaching methodologies in Earth Sciences, using seismology as a vehicle for scientific learning and awareness of earthquake risk. Within this framework, we have recently been experimenting with new learning and information approaches that are mainly aimed at a high school audience. In particular, we have designed, implemented and tested a model of an e-learning environment in a high school located in the surroundings of the Mt. Vesuvius volcano. The proposed e-learning model is built on the EduSeis concepts and educational materials (web-oriented), and is based on computer-supported collaborative learning. Ten teachers from different disciplines and fifty students at the ITIS Majorana technical high school (Naples) have been taking part in a cooperative e-learning experiment in which the students have been working in small groups (communities). The learning process is assisted and supervised by the teachers. The evaluation of the results from this cooperative e-learning experiment has provided useful insights into the content and didactic value of the EduSeis modules and activities. The use of network utilities and the Learning Community approach promoted the exchange of ideas and expertises between students and teachers and allowed a new approach to the seismology teaching through a multidisciplinary study.
Developing a Model of Learning Organization at a Technical College
Chuthaphon Bunwan,Kowat Tesputa,Prasit Nimchinda
The Social Sciences , 2013, DOI: 10.3923/sscience.2010.538.544
Abstract: From an analysis of the organizational contexts to find out strategies for developing government officials and personnel of vocational education, it has been found that knowledge management in educational institution offices has not yet been systematic; there are limited access channels to the body of knowledge and organizations lack good learning and good governance. The purposes of this study were to develop a model of learning organization at a technical college and to examine outcomes of implementing the model of learning organization at Suwannaphum Technical college using the mixed methodology research. The research stages consisted of drafting the model of learning organization at the Technical College having the obtained model checked by experts and having the model tried out at Suwannaphum Technical College. The instruments used for collecting data were a questionnaire for checking the model, a note-taking form on academic seminar outcomes, a note-taking form on brainstorming outcomes, an evaluation form on coverage of learning organization plans, an evaluation form on teacher s teaching and an evaluation form on the project. The statistics used for analyzing the collected data were mean () and Standard Deviation (SD). The study findings revealed that the model of being organization learning at the technical college consisted of these factors: structure, vision, mission, context and culture, instructional leadership, communication, knowledge management and transference, technology and information, team learning, encouragement and motivation, personnel development and evaluation. For the outcomes of trying out the model of being learning organization at Suwannaphum Technical college by means of seminar at the organization level, it was found that 15 underlying projects were obtained and for developing learning organization plans at the department level for evaluating the projects their opinions were at a high level. The model tryout through the projects at the organization and department levels could help generate development of learning organization at Suwannaphum Technical College and could respond to the factors of being learning organization.
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