Evaluation of Current Practices In Engineering Labs: Comparing Teacher-Centered Approach And Learner-Centered Approach

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Journal Title, Volume, Page: 
Pegem Academy Publising (Pegem Akademi Yayıncılık) Ankara – Turkey, ISBN: 978-605-364-273-2 1575
Year of Publication: 
Husam Arman
Department of Industrial Engineering, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
Current Affiliation: 
Department of Industrial Engineering, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
Mahmoud Abdulwahed
College of Education, Qatar University, P.O.Box: 2713, Doha, Qatar
Preferred Abstract (Original): 

Traditional teaching approaches are still dominating the Palestinian higher education with some exceptions. Engineering education is one of the key and attractive disciplines for students. This sets the challenge to improve engineering education. This paper reports on an assessment of student learning in Labs in the largest Faculty of Engineering in Palestine. The second part of the study involved an experiment comparing the impact of a new student-centered approach in teaching Labs with the traditional approach. The objectives of the new intervention were to test the impact of using learner-centered approach in the industrial engineering Labs on the performance and the motivation of students learning using a sample of three experiments as part of safety Lab. The students were randomly divided into two groups experimental and control which were designed to be equivalent in terms of number, age, gender and academic achievement. The students of the experimental group have achieved better than the control group students in the final marks. Furthermore, the feedback showed significant engagement and learning stimulus by students of the experimental group students.

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