Qualitative methodologies for dummies: engineers in investigating the quality of final year engineering research project

Goh, Steven and Ku, Harry (2010) Qualitative methodologies for dummies: engineers in investigating the quality of final year engineering research project. In: 1st Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Education Conference (STEM 2010), 26-27 Nov 2010, Brisbane, Australia.

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This paper discusses the methodology and methods used in an associate learning and teaching fellowship to study the perception, barriers and approaches of students in their final year engineering project, in particular, their literature review. There was a scenario that involved a change of methodologies in research 'style' for engineering education. As most of the research team members are engineers and their respective research experience is in engineering research and technology innovation, the original research methodologies adopted was not particularly suited for engineering education research. It was based on very quantitative approach used in science-based disciplines though questionnaires were to be used as one of the data collection method. A methodology change was made as the research team acknowledged that there will be likely deficiencies and difficulty in the research validity. This instigated a change to a very qualitative approach, involving a series of open-ended surveys, focus groups and intervention workshops. The change in methodology was inspired mostly by Bloom's (1984) taxonomy and Biggs's (1989) 3-P Model of Learning. Based on the preliminary analysis of the data collected, it suggest that the intervention workshops have a positive effect on the learning outcomes of the students but not necessarily in the final output in the form of the dissertation.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright of the paper remains with the author(s). Note from Conference committee 10/5/2011: 'We have decided to publish these papers as Conference Proceedings through the STEM2010 website'.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2011 11:14
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 03:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: engineering education; research methodology; final year engineering projects
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220107 Professional Ethics (incl. police and research ethics)
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/9239

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