ERIC Number: EJ1083429
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Interdisciplinary Project-Based Learning: Technology for Improving Student Cognition
Stozhko, Natalia; Bortnik, Boris; Mironova, Ludmila; Tchernysheva, Albina; Podshivalova, Ekaterina
Research in Learning Technology, v23 2015
The article studies a way of enhancing student cognition by using interdisciplinary project-based learning (IPBL) in a higher education institution. IPBL is a creative pedagogic approach allowing students of one area of specialisation to develop projects for students with different academic profiles. The application of this approach in the Ural State University of Economics resulted in a computer-assisted learning system (CALS) designed by IT students. The CALS was used in an analytical chemistry course with students majoring in Commodities Management and Expertise ("expert" students). To test how effective the technology was, the control and experimental groups were formed. In the control group, learning was done with traditional methods. In the experimental group, it was reinforced by IPBL. A statistical analysis of the results, with an application of Pearson ?[superscript 2] test, showed that the cognitive levels in both IT and "expert" experimental groups improved as compared with the control groups. The findings demonstrated that IPBL can significantly enhance learning. It can be implemented in any institution of higher or secondary education that promotes learning, including the CALS development and its use for solving problems in different subject areas.
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Active Learning, Student Projects, Information Technology, Cognitive Processes, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Specialization, Electronic Learning, Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Teaching Methods, Comparative Analysis, Statistical Analysis, Correlation, Expertise, Program Effectiveness, Achievement Gains, Knowledge Level, Problem Solving, Hypothesis Testing
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