The impact of project-based learning on improving student learning outcomes of sustainability concepts in transportation engineering courses

Elham H. Fini, Faisal Awadallah, Mahour M. Parast, Taher Abu-Lebdeh

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Abstract

This paper describes an intervention to enhance students’ learning by involving students in brainstorming activities about sustainability concepts and their implications in transportation engineering. The paper discusses the process of incorporating the intervention into a transportation course, as well as the impact of this intervention on students’ learning outcomes. To evaluate and compare students’ learning as a result of the intervention, the Laboratory for Innovative Technology and Engineering Education survey instrument was used. The survey instrument includes five constructs: higher-order cognitive skills, self-efficacy, ease of learning subject matter, teamwork, and communication skills. Pre- and post-intervention surveys of student learning outcomes were conducted to determine the effectiveness of the intervention on enhancing students’ learning outcomes. The results show that the implementation of the intervention significantly improved higher-order cognitive skills, self-efficacy, teamwork, and communication skills. Involving students in brainstorming activities related to sustainability concepts and their implications in transportation proved to be an effective teaching and learning strategy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)473-488
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
Volume43
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 4 2018

Keywords

  • Project-based learning
  • cognitive skills
  • self-efficacy
  • sustainability
  • teamwork

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Engineering(all)

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