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The paper beam: hands-on design for team work experience of freshman in engineering

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The present research refers to the assigning of a hands-on group project to freshman engineering students, evaluating their performance, and deriving conclusions on student benefits and educational advances. The research procedure included action plans for the instructor and the students, instructions to the students on performing the work, organizational instructions to the teams and reporting guidelines, and evaluation of the success of the project. The main outcomes refer to the team co-operation, the performance of tasks, the quality of results and the reporting effectiveness. The ‘paper beam' project benefited the student's learning and proved the need of complementary learning styles in teams, of the appreciation of quality performance and results, as well as of the accuracy in project details.

Keywords: Group project; Hands-on design; Learning styles

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: San Jose State University, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1 Washington Square, San Jose, CA, 95192, USA 2: University of Kent, UK 3: University of York, UK

Publication date: September 1, 2005

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