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An Experiment in Project-based Learning: A Comparison of Attitudes Between Russia and America

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Impacts on Engineering Education Through Collaborative Learning, Project-based, and Service-learning

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25.162.1 - 25.162.10

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Phillip Albert Sanger Western Carolina University

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Phillip Albert Sanger is an Associate Professor in the Engineering and Technology Department of Western Carolina University. In addition, Sanger is the Director of the Center for Rapid Product Realization.

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Julia Ziyatdinova Kazan National Research Technological University

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Julia Ziyatdinova is the Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages for Professional Communication at Kazan National Research Technological University, Russian Federation.

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Vasiliy Grigoryevich Ivanov Kazan National Research Technological University

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Vasiliy Grigoryevich Ivanov is First Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs at Kazan National Research Technological University in
Kazan, Russia.Ivanov also holds the positions of Director of the Institute of Additional Professional Education and the Chair of the Department of Pedagogics and Methods of Higher Professional Education.

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 An Experiment in Project Based Learning: A Comparison of Attitudes between Russia and America  As part of the Scientific School on “Higher Technical Education as an Instrument of Innovative Development”, we gave a workshop on Project Based Learning using the “Build a Skyscraper” project to Russian educators from ___________________________ University.  Subsequently this same workshop was given to a similar group of American students and educators from _________________ University.  This project is intended for second year students in engineering.  Skills to be exercised during this project include team building and interpersonal skills, project management, the formation of customers’ requirement and complex problem solving.  An assessment tool was developed to gather feedback on the workshop and the experience.  This paper concentrates on the assessment data and discusses interesting and surprising differences in attitudes as well as similarities between these two audiences.   

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