Developing Right Graduate Attributes through Project-Based Teaching

Developing Right Graduate Attributes through Project-Based Teaching

Neeta Baporikar (College of Applied Sciences – Salalah, Oman)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0951-8.ch004
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Abstract

Engineering education all over the world is of paramount importance as it is this education which provides economies with opportunities for development and growth. Engineering education is important for both developed and developing economies—for the former to maintain their lead position and for the latter to ensure decent livelihood and utilization of natural resources. In such a situation, engineering education needs to continuously upgrade itself to meet the ever changing needs of the economy, society, and mankind. Hence, understanding engineering education and reviewing the methods and standards are important if all stakeholders have to be satisfied. With the driving force of the globalization of the engineering profession, adopting project-based teaching methods have mutual recognition across the world, and also help to develop the right graduate attributes while continuing to assure the standards and quality of engineering education.
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Introduction

Engineering education all over the world is of paramount importance as it is this education which provides economies with opportunities for development and growth. Engineering education is important for both developed and developing economies—for the former to maintain their lead position and for the latter to ensure decent livelihood and utilization of natural resources.

In such a situation, engineering education needs to continuously upgrade itself to meet the ever changing needs of the economy, society and mankind. Hence, understanding engineering education reviewing the methods and standards are important if all stakeholders have to be satisfied. With the driving force of the globalization of the engineering profession, adopting teaching methods, which will have mutual recognition across the world, and develop the right graduate attributes is crucial while continuing to assure the standards and quality of engineering education. The proposed chapter is aiming to address these issues.

Objectives

This chapter will address the issue of developing right graduate attributes through project-based teaching and will provide:

  • Guidelines for the development of right graduate attributes.

  • Learning and teaching objective to promote project-based teaching.

  • The benefit of promoting consistency in developing graduate attributes

  • A means of evaluating project-based teaching effectiveness based on learning outcomes and graduate attributes.

In this chapter, we make a distinction between 'graduate attributes' and 'right graduate attributes' since we believe that the right graduate attributes can be developed better by adopting project-based teaching. The chapter focuses on understanding the importance of right graduate attributes and how they can be better developed and enhanced through project-based teaching. It raises a number of questions: What is a right graduate attribute and how should it be developed? What role can project-based teaching play? How should institutional resources and capabilities be configured to develop the right graduate attributes through project-based teaching?

The goal of these questions is to provide the reader with a suitable analysis platform for decision-making that enhances all phases of the engineering education and knowledge management process.

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