Active learning strategies to develop research competences in engineering education

Denise Luciana Rieg, Rui M. M. Lima, Diana Mesquita, Fernando Cezar Leandro Scramim*, Octavio Mattasoglio Neto

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to implement and evaluate active learning strategies to support engineering students in the development of research competences, contributing to the growing need for a closer relationship between research and teaching. Design/methodology/approach: This study was developed using an action research approach. The data were collected through observations, questionnaire and focus group in order to evaluate the active learning strategies used in the context of the study, based on students' perceptions. Findings: The results show that the implementation of active learning strategies, such as research-based learning and think-pair-share enhance the development of research competences, namely critical thinking and written communication. Additionally, this approach enables students to develop further their capstone projects, using the standards demanded in research process. Research limitations/implications: The study was based mainly on teacher's observation and the participants are undergraduate engineering students enrolled in the course “Scientific Methodology” during 1 academic year. Practical implications: Two levels of implications can be identified in this study: (1) for teachers' practice, who can adapt the step-by-step descriptions of the implemented approaches and (2) for research, contributing to the discussion about how to explore the teaching-research relationship in undergraduate courses. Originality/value: The course of “Scientific Methodology” is part of the curricular structure of most undergraduate engineering programs offered by Brazilian Higher Education Institutions, and this study is a contribution for the improvement of knowledge on how this course may be conducted in an effective and engaging way.
Idioma originalEnglish
Páginas (de-até)1210-1223
Número de páginas14
RevistaJournal of Applied Research in Higher Education
Volume14
Número de emissão3
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Estado da publicaçãoPublished - 31 mai 2022

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