MediaThing - A Learning Scenario Targeting on Research Skills
Wednesday, June 27 2:15-2:45 PM Location: De Dam 2
Presider: Joyce Johnston, George Mason University, United States
Abstract: Due to the structure of engineering-based study programs, while students can often quite proficiently put their knowledge into practice, they lack the scientific skills necessary to engage in research activities of their own. This paper presents an innovative teaching concept which aims at providing students in computer science and other engineering-based sciences with such skills even when they have not yet gained all the pieces of knowledge deemed necessary for performing research in their field. As the necessary skills are focused in the area of self-organization, the reflection of one's own actions and conceptions, as well as groupwork, gaining research skills not only benefits the students' ability to engage in scientific work but also improve their ability to work in business contexts, where these skills are equally important.