Project-Based Learning for Building Work and Life Skills in Line With TGC and Purpose Learning

Project-Based Learning for Building Work and Life Skills in Line With TGC and Purpose Learning

Wee Jing Tee (Taylor's University, Malaysia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-4080-9.ch007

Abstract

In this chapter, the author has conducted a research project to examine student learning experiences and outcomes in higher education with project-based learning (PBL) approach in order to assist the students to acquire work and life skills. A successful case study of PBL has been implemented at Taylor's University. The problem statement here is there is a gap between the academic learning outcomes at university and actual demands in industry. Thus, Taylor's University is redefining teaching and learning in higher education through implementation of blended learning, purpose learning, and Taylor's graduate capabilities (TGC) in order to meet the ever-changing and rigorous demands of industry, society, and globalization. The research findings provided insight into how faculty conceptualization of PBL in line with TGC and purpose learning drove implementation and showed that purpose learning via PBL in higher education could contribute to the effectiveness in students' learning of work and life skills and achieve greater social impact.
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Introduction

As our world today is in the dawn of Copernican Revolution and Quantum Revolution; we need trailblazers to chart the path of our destiny. As Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” In view of the approaching technological singularity (Singularity Education Group, 2016), 2045 initiative (2045 Strategic Social Initiative, 2016) foresees a new era with the mission to explore new evolutionary strategy for humanity aimed at overcoming the 21st century's civilization challenges. As we are now at the edge of transcendence, thus constructive leadership is needed to move human race into the right direction - that is to maintain a balance between development and environmentally sustainable policies. The role of university is to inspire a better future, and bring forth positive society transformations. In view of this, Stanford University has established Purpose Learning (Stanford2025, 2016), whereby students declare a mission, not a major. The goal of Purpose Learning is to enable students to have a clear direction in their lives and inspire them to be leaders of governments, companies and organizations that give priority to both social and financial impact.

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