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ERIC Number: EJ1071407
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1946-2077
Impact of Collaborative Project-Based Learning on Self-Efficacy of Urban Minority Students in Engineering
Chen, Pearl; Hernandez, Anthony; Dong, Jane
Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, v11 p26-39 2015
This paper presents an interdisciplinary research project that studies the impact of collaborative project-based learning (CPBL) on the development of self-efficacy of students from various ethnic groups in an undergraduate senior-level computer networking class. Grounded in social constructivist and situated theories of learning, the study provides an in-depth analysis of how individual learners' characteristics, the social aspects of learning, and the pedagogical components in CPBL interact to affect student learning in an urban academic setting. The findings of this study indicate that significant learning outcomes and higher perceived efficacy in engineering design were directly related to the project experience. Moreover, although Hispanic students started with lower domain-specific efficacy, they demonstrated the largest growth of self-efficacy through CPBL. While subsequent studies have been conducted to create a more generalizable description, the current study suggests several areas to improve the CPBL learning experience for underrepresented engineering students within the urban context of this study.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1240256