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ERIC Number: EJ1022871
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-2077-2327
Active and Peer Learning in STEM Education Strategy
Rissanen, A. J.
Science Education International, v25 n1 p1-7 Mar 2014
Lifelong learning and diverse technical information are challenges for designing curricula. The Finnish National Defence University (NDU) provides undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in academic and military disciplines according to the Bologna process. Technology is one of the major learning lines at the NDU, but basic scientific education is also an essential part of the general curriculum. Elements of sustainable education strategy for STEM disciplines are discussed in this paper. Learning aims include gaining basic scientific knowledge, understanding how technology uses scientific results, and managing practical exercises within the work environment. This study presents only selected aspects, mainly those that may have a wider interest when teaching STEM subjects. Lecturing on fundamental topics is an effective method for using teacher resources for large study groups, while providing knowledge of the principles utilized in artefacts such as communication system devices. Exercises are an essential part of learning and are carried out in small groups led by peer assistants enrolled in the course. As a whole, when trying to enable better student motivation and learning results, enough space must be given for students' contributions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland