About the Project
Professional bodies and institutions urge higher education institutions to innovate in their teaching and learning practices, by using active learning pedagogies, in order to meet the societal demands placed on engineering disciplines. Active learning pedagogies claim to enable the development of professional and life-long learning skills. Similarly, student-centred approaches claim to facilitate the development of intellectual skills and autonomy via self-regulation. However it is still unclear how these pedagogies and student-centred learning environments can be best exploited within educational contexts to this effect.
This project will investigate behavioural and performance characteristics of students when working in Problem-Based and Enquiry-based learning activities in order to elucidate the link between the use of these approaches and the development of learner’s autonomy. It will explore the role of ‘reflection’ and ‘self-regulation’ in the progressive development of intellectual skills and metacognition that can lead to autonomous learning. The proposed project will build on existing research within the group and will use qualitative methods to examine the behaviour of learners in actual teaching settings.
This project will suit a student with a background in education, social sciences, psychology or engineering with an interest in educational research.
In addition to undertaking cutting edge research, students are also registered for the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Development (PGCert), which is a supplementary qualification that develops a student’s skills, networks and career prospects.
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Students applying should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant engineering/science or education discipline. Candidates with masters level are preferred, but exceptional candidates at bachelors level can also be considered.
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