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Reflecting on the balance between theory and practical grades of engineering students — A case study

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dc.contributor.author Swart, James
dc.contributor.author Olwagen, Lienie
dc.contributor.author Greyling, Cameron
dc.contributor.author Luwes, Nicolaas
dc.date.accessioned 2018-11-21T13:05:01Z
dc.date.available 2018-11-21T13:05:01Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.issn 2153-0033
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11462/1772
dc.description Conference Proceedings en_US
dc.description.abstract Universities of Technology must enable students to acquire the necessary knowledge (theory), workplace skills (practice), and graduate attributes (theory and practice) needed to meet the needs of industry, business and community. Reflective practice may involve the thoughtful consideration of an academics own experiences in enhancing the fusion of theory and practice in an engineering curriculum. This fusion is currently an important criterion for Universities of Technology who may face increased pressure to improve their throughput rates. This paper aims to answer the following research question: “What balance currently exists between the practical and theoretical success of undergraduate students in a number of different engineering disciplines at a University of Technology”? Reflecting on the current balance that exists and its implications may assist academics in changing their pedagogy to include more effective ways of fusing theory and practice. A post-facto study is employed along with descriptive statistics involving quantitative analysis of the collected data. Results do indicate that undergraduate engineering students are more adept at completing the practical assessments scheduled in a laboratory, suggesting that more time on practice should be scheduled along with practical experiments that promote critical thinking and problem solving skills. en_US
dc.format.extent 454 898 bytes, 1 file
dc.format.mimetype Application/PDF
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher IEEE Xplore: IEEE AFRICON en_US
dc.subject laboratory en_US
dc.subject classroom en_US
dc.subject attributes en_US
dc.subject fusing en_US
dc.title Reflecting on the balance between theory and practical grades of engineering students — A case study en_US
dc.type Presentation en_US

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