Project-based learning as a contributing factor to graduates’ work readiness

TitleProject-based learning as a contributing factor to graduates’ work readiness
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsJollands, M, Jolly, L, Molyneaux, T
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
Date Published2012
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number03043797
KeywordsAssessment , ENGINEERING , Evaluation , Executives , Graduate , PREPAREDNESS , Project , project-based , WORK
AbstractThis paper explores what work readiness means for two cohorts of graduate engineers, one from a traditional curriculum, the second from a largely project-based curriculum. Professional bodies and employers have defined a set of attributes for engineering graduates so that graduates will be ‘work ready’. Problem-based learning (PBL) is claimed to be a suitable approach to develop such skills. The graduates were interviewed some months after starting work, along with their managers. All the graduates recognised the benefits of taking PBL subjects as well as vacation work, with success in communication attributed more to PBL. Both cohorts had similar learning outcomes, high skill levels in project management, problem solving, communication skills, research and sustainability. A skills gap in ethics was identified for both cohorts of graduates and their managers. 
NotesJollands, Margaret 1; Email Address: Jolly, Lesley 2 Molyneaux, Tom 1; Affiliation: 1: School of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, RMIT University, Australia 2: Engineering Architecture, and Information Systems, University of Queensland, Australia; Source Info: 2012, Vol. 37 Issue 3, p143; Subject Term: PROJECT method in teaching; Subject Term: GRADUATE students in engineering; Subject Term: PREPAREDNESS; Subject Term: WORK; Subject Term: EXECUTIVES; Author-Supplied Keyword: assessment of learning outcomes; Author-Supplied Keyword: engineering education; Author-Supplied Keyword: evaluation; Author-Supplied Keyword: project-based learning; Number of Pages: 12p; Illustrations: 2 Charts; Document Type: Article