Learning cultures of problem-based learning teams

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Krishnan, Siva, Gabb, Roger and Vale, Colleen M (2011) Learning cultures of problem-based learning teams. Australasian Journal of Engineering Education, 17 (2). pp. 67-78. ISSN 1324-5821


The learning experiences of first-year engineering students to a newly implemented engineering problem-based learning (PBL) curriculum is reported here, with an emphasis on student approaches to learning. Ethnographic approaches were used for data collection and analysis. This study found that student learning in a PBL team in this setting was mainly influenced by the attitudes, behaviour and learning approaches of the student members in that team. Three different learning cultures that emerged from the analysis of eight PBL teams are reported here. They are the finishing culture, the performing culture and the collaborative learning culture. It was found that the team that used a collaborative approach to learning benefited the most in this PBL setting. Students in this team approached learning at a deep level. The findings of this study imply that students in a problem-based, or project-based, learning setting may not automatically adopt a collaborative learning culture. Hence, it is important for institutions and teachers to identify and consider the factors that influence student learning in their particular setting, provide students with necessary tools and ongoing coaching to nurture deep learning approaches in PBL teams.

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/9042
Official URL http://www.engineersmedia.com.au/journals/aaee/pdf...
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
Historical > FOR Classification > 0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering
Historical > FOR Classification > 1399 Other Education
Historical > SEO Classification > 9301 Learner and Learning
Keywords ResPubID23392, problem-based learning (PBL), finishing culture, performing culture, collaborative learning culture, assessment criteria, assessment tasks
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