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ERIC Number: EJ971915
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0304-3797
An Integrated Approach to Develop Professional and Technical Skills for Informatics Engineering Students
Fernandes, Joao M.; Van Hattum-Janssen, Natascha; Ribeiro, Antonio Nestor; Fonte, Victor; Santos, Luis Paulo; Sousa, Pedro
European Journal of Engineering Education, v37 n2 p167-177 2012
Many of the current approaches used in teaching and learning in engineering education are not the most appropriate to prepare students for the challenges they will face in their professional careers. The active involvement of students in their learning process facilitates the development of the technical and professional competencies they need as professionals. This article describes the organisation and impact of a mini-conference and project work--the creation of a software product and its introduction in the market--aimed at the development of professional competencies in general and writing skills in particular. The course was evaluated by assessing the students' perception of the development of a number of professional competencies through a questionnaire completed by 125 students from two consecutive year groups. The results indicate that the project work and the mini-conference had a positive impact on students' perceptions of the development of professional competencies. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Portugal