Interdisciplinary project-based learning: technology for improving student cognition

Stozhko, Natalia and Bortnik, Boris and Mironova, Ludmila and Tchernysheva, Albina and Podshivalova, Ekaterina (2015) Interdisciplinary project-based learning: technology for improving student cognition. Research in Learning Technology, 23. ISSN 2156-7077

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The article studies a way of enhancing student cognition by using interdisciplinary project-based learning (IPBL) in a higher education institution. IPBL is a creative pedagogic approach allowing students of one area of specialisation to develop projects for students with different academic profiles. The application of this approach in the Ural State University of Economics resulted in a computer-assisted learning system (CALS) designed by IT students. The CALS was used in an analytical chemistry course with students majoring in Commodities Management and Expertise (‘expert’ students). To test how effective the technology was, the control and experimental groups were formed. In the control group, learning was done with traditional methods. In the experimental group, it was reinforced by IPBL. A statistical analysis of the results, with an application of Pearson χ 2 test, showed that the cognitive levels in both IT and ‘expert’ experimental groups improved as compared with the control groups. The findings demonstrated that IPBL can significantly enhance learning. It can be implemented in any institution of higher or secondary education that promotes learning, including the CALS development and its use for solving problems in different subject areas.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: ALT-J Journal
Depositing User: Miss Kristina Petersen
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2017 16:21
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2017 16:21

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