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How Does'group Project' Facilitate Engineering Students' Skills In Learning

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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DEED Poster Session

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10.699.1 - 10.699.14

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Mei-yi Lau

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Ming-yin Chan

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How does ‘Group Project’ facilitate students’ skills in learning?

M.Y. CHAN* and M.Y. LAU

*Department of Building Services Engineering The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hunghom, Hong Kong

*Tel.: (852)27665836 Fax: (852)27657198 Email:


Project-based learning is generally regarded as a comprehensive approach to classroom teaching and learning in which students are actively involved in investigation of authentic original problems from their daily lives. The objective of this paper is to provide a general overview of the use of group project as well as to relate this methodology with the general discourse of education.

There is a question in group project learning. Why and how do group projects help students learning? This paper provides information on implementing group project.

1. Why project-based learning?

The main purpose of using project-based learning hopefully is to educate students through a project to achieve all-around development, communication skills and particular vocational skills. It seems that project-based is used to motivate students and provide practical skills training. It is believed that group project has the following advantages identified by Nightingale [1].

(1) Students are free to make their own choice of a topic of study and thus it encourages a sense of commitment and personal responsibility for the task.

(2) Projects give students practice in learning to learn by undertaking a piece of personal research involving activities such as planning the work schedule, monitoring the work progress, searching for resources, collecting material, selecting and deciding on ways of presentation.

(3) Projects enable students to experience the satisfaction of working on a complex task over a period of time with the possibility of producing a result of permanent value and interests to the work involved.

“Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education, Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society of Engineering Education”

Lau, M., & Chan, M. (2005, June), How Does'group Project' Facilitate Engineering Students' Skills In Learning Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon.

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