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Blended Design and Project Based Learning: a future for engineering education
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Monday, December 7 • 4:05pm - 4:20pm
| 3D | Accelerating Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Mechanical Engineers’ academic writing skills: an analysis of the development and outcomes of a novel visual-spatial, physical-tactile, integrated English language learning intervention, drawing on Engin

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The purpose of this Participatory Action Research (PAR) research is to create, implement and evaluate a novel visual-spatial, physical-tactile, English language learning intervention, designed to align with Engineering modes of cognition, to accelerate effective research writing practices critical to supporting Engineering publication. The aim is to enable Engineers to increase their control of academic English in line with their Engineering skills, using a Systemic Functional Linguistics approach which acknowledges meaning-making as a social practice. The system also incorporates understanding of the concept of noise, evaluating learning in terms of converting noise into a positive, rather than a deficit, element of the learning model, providing students with mechanisms for finding coherence in meaning-making. This research will use a social constructivist paradigm which articulates with the PAR approach. Throughout, participants are actants in their own learning, increasing their engagement in and ownership of the meaning-making process through two PAR spirals. The research operates at the nexus of a community of inquiry and a community of practice, where the researcher, HDR participants and supervisors are equally engaged with practice and inquiry but with varied levels of experience. This experience is shaped into meaning-making through the sharing of ideas and participation (inquiry) with the student participants, thereby enabling them to become actively engaged in becoming an independent researcher in their own right by offering them both knowledge and inquiry as methodologies to achieve new skills. A combination of systematic review, diagnostic surveys, interviews, focus groups and post-intervention testing will be used as a framework.


Monday December 7, 2015 4:05pm - 4:20pm
Bells Room RACV Torquay map C5

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