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Some reflections on the use of a cooperative learning model in soil mechanics courses

Some reflections on the use of a cooperative learning model in soil mechanics courses
Some reflections on the use of a cooperative learning model in soil mechanics courses
The Bologna Process’ implementation enforced a significant change on the traditional learning models, focused mainly on the transmission of knowledge. The use of a cooperative learning (CL) model in the Soil Mechanics courses (undergraduate level) of the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Aveiro, Portugal, is described. The students were confronted with situations recreating professional atmosphere in Geotechnics. Mandatory team project assignments were implemented, where each student had to fulfil specific and rotational roles. All students performed the established functions (different in each project), representing the corresponding role – jigsaw. These roles had, as much as possible, a parallel to functions normally fulfilled by engineering professionals. The impact of the implemented model was assessed using students’ feedback, marks monitoring and questionnaires. These results are presented and discussed. Some additional reflections on the impact of the CL system on the teacher’s work are also included..
9780415621274
301-308
CRC Press
Pinho-Lopes, M.
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Pinho-Lopes, M.
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Pinho-Lopes, M. (2012) Some reflections on the use of a cooperative learning model in soil mechanics courses. In Shaking the Foundations of Geo-engineering Education. CRC Press. pp. 301-308 .

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The Bologna Process’ implementation enforced a significant change on the traditional learning models, focused mainly on the transmission of knowledge. The use of a cooperative learning (CL) model in the Soil Mechanics courses (undergraduate level) of the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Aveiro, Portugal, is described. The students were confronted with situations recreating professional atmosphere in Geotechnics. Mandatory team project assignments were implemented, where each student had to fulfil specific and rotational roles. All students performed the established functions (different in each project), representing the corresponding role – jigsaw. These roles had, as much as possible, a parallel to functions normally fulfilled by engineering professionals. The impact of the implemented model was assessed using students’ feedback, marks monitoring and questionnaires. These results are presented and discussed. Some additional reflections on the impact of the CL system on the teacher’s work are also included..

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Published date: 12 July 2012
Venue - Dates: Shaking the Foundations of Geo-engineering Education (International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) Technical Committee TC306 Geo-engineering Education), Ireland, 2012-07-12
Organisations: Infrastructure Group

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Local EPrints ID: 374962
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/374962
ISBN: 9780415621274
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ORCID for M. Pinho-Lopes: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0808-6307

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Last modified: 07 Jun 2019 00:31

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