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2021 ◽  
Vol ahead-of-print (ahead-of-print) ◽  
Author(s):  
M. Amparo Núñez-Andrés ◽  
Antonio Martinez-Molina ◽  
Núria Casquero-Modrego ◽  
Jae Yong Suk

Purpose The importance of sustainability in architecture currently necessitates the integration of innovative teaching strategies on the subject into architecture programs. This study aims to introduce and examine peer learning pedagogy by peer tutoring to educate architecture students in sustainable design. Design/methodology/approach Based on class assignments proposed in two different architecture sustainability-focused courses in the second and fourth years of the Bachelor of Science in architecture program, a total of 103 students assessed the proposed peer learning experience and its impact on their sustainability mindsets and education. Subjective surveys for evaluating the peer learning experience were designed and delivered at different stages of the course sequences. A total of 502 survey responses were obtained in the study. Findings The qualitative and quantitative data analysis confirms that the proposed peer learning by peer tutoring increased students’ knowledge, motivation and commitment to sustainable design. In addition, participants became more confident in applying sustainable design skills and their academic grades improved more than 25% compared to previous courses using traditional teaching methods. Originality/value Traditional architecture education has long been criticized for their pedagogical methodologies based primarily on passive learning. Recently, these programs have begun to prepare students to become active learners and communicators in collaborative and multidisciplinary environments. A mixed-method approach of combining pre-/post-experience surveys and analysis of final grades was used to determine the level of success and the quantifiable behavior change delivered by students involved in this peer learning experience.


2021 ◽  
Vol 13 (15) ◽  
pp. 8290
Author(s):  
Rocsana Bucea-Manea-Țoniş ◽  
Aleksandar Šević ◽  
Milena P. Ilić ◽  
Radu Bucea-Manea-Țoniş ◽  
Nevenka Popović Šević ◽  
...  

The paper aims to develop—based on a particular dual comparative analysis that follows the current European concerns—the concepts of competitiveness and innovation as pillars uprighting companies’ resilience, creating ecoinnovative jobs and social inclusion. In their struggle to meet the Circular Economy principles and Green Deal objectives, the countries chosen for analyses—Romania and Serbia—have started implementing added-value blockchain concepts in their societies to thrive in the resilient European market and build empowered societies. According to the World Economic Forum Global Sources of Competitiveness, skills considered in our study refer to businesses’ versatility and societies’ innovation capability. Based on specific data provided by Eurostat, the results showed a correlation between the ecoinnovation index and R&D personnel by sector and helped design a regression model. Hence, we demonstrate that R&D creativity, once stimulated through innovative teaching, blooms, having positive effects at society and market levels as reflected in the ecoinnovation index. Furthermore, cluster analysis within E.U. innovation helped identify strengths and weaknesses, provided new grounds in applying innovation, and led to further recommendations.


2021 ◽  
Vol 13 (2) ◽  
Author(s):  
V. Nemchenko ◽  
T. Markova ◽  
G. Pchelianska ◽  
O. Volodina

The article considers the role and importance of information technology in the field of educationalservices and innovative teaching methods. It has been determined that the use of information and communication technologies in the teaching process in higher education institutions is a necessity that has been accompanied by challenges of the world space, in particular in recent years. It has been determined that therole and mission of the teacher in the educational process is transformed into an organizer, consultant, leader and expert of independent work of students. The importance of modern information and communicationtechnologies in the process of teaching and educational process has been substantiated. The advantagesand disadvantages of distance learning, which is caused by the requirements for the adaptation of the worldspace have been identified. The essence of the concept of "innovation" and systematized modern innovativeteaching methods have been studied. The classification of innovations in the field of education and classification of pedagogical technologies has been given. Modern innovative teaching methods have been systematized.


2021 ◽  
Vol 3 (1) ◽  
pp. 185-198
Author(s):  
Ignatius Ekitela Akolom ◽  
Edwin Nyongesa Masibo ◽  
Ben Nyongesa

The aim of this paper is to look at how teachers of English used various instructional strategies in teaching the subject in public secondary schools in Turkana Central Sub-County, Kenya. This paper is guided by Rogers’s innovation-decision process theory. The study specifically examined the commonly used innovative instructional strategies in the teaching of English in public secondary schools and their effect on students’ performance in English subjects in secondary schools in Turkana Central Sub-County. The study was anchored on mixed-method research methodology. The study target population involved all Heads of Department of Languages (10), Teachers of English (35) and Form III students (486) from 10 public secondary schools in Turkana Central Sub-County. A sample of 10 HODs, 35 teachers of English and 146 students was selected to represent the entire population. Data collection was through questionnaires and interview schedules. Data analysis was performed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Research results showed that the two most commonly used innovative teaching strategies were communicative language teaching and constructivist language teaching. It was found out that majorly many teachers resort to the conventional teacher centred approaches of teaching. The research recommends that KICD needs to align secondary school syllabus with innovative instructional approaches, teachers need to be trained regularly on innovative instructional strategies, and supportive infrastructure to be provided in schools to ensure innovative and technological approaches are used in English subject teaching and learning in secondary schools in Turkana Central Sub-County.


2021 ◽  
Author(s):  
Hui-Fang Yang ◽  
Chia-Chen Chang ◽  
Pei-Ling Tseng ◽  
Hsiang-Ru Lai ◽  
Jaw-Shiun Tasi ◽  
...  

Abstract BackgroundsPhysicians in medical environments should be equipped with abilities to acquire better understanding, strengthen autonomy, and support their self-management of patients, which will in turn enhance their health literacy. In this study, we developed an innovative instructional module that targeted medical students and measured their professional competence in terms of health literacy. We then implemented the module to investigate whether the intervention helped medical students improve their professional competence in health literacy.MethodsWe adopted a quasi-experimental design and selected three medical schools from northern Taiwan. For the intervention group (n = 98), we assigned fifth-year medical students serving internship at the department of family medicine. Students received a three-hour innovative teaching intervention including teaching materials such as medical simulation videos, role playing, and board games. For the control group (n = 99), we recruited same-level fifth-year medical students from other medical schools. Both groups answered pre-test and post-test questions, and then applied generalized estimating equation (GEE) to measure the effect of teaching intervention.ResultsIn comparing progress margin, there was significant difference (p = 0.001) between the intervention and control groups for knowledge questions, with the intervention group improving 12% more than the control group. In attitude questions, the progress difference was also significant (p = 0.007), with the intervention group improving on average 0.27 more points per question than the control group. In skill questions, the progress difference was likely significant (p = 0.001), with the intervention group improving on average 0.35 more points per question than the control group. The study indicates that the innovative instructional module intervention had significant effect on professional competence in health literacy in all three aspects.ConclusionThe proposed innovative instructional module significantly improved fifth-year medical students’ professional competence in health literacy, which should in turn benefit their future medical practice.


Author(s):  
Júlia Oliveira ◽  
Leonardo Panontim ◽  
Vitor Hugo Fonseca ◽  
Pedro Gonçalves ◽  
Diovana Napoleão ◽  
...  

One of the problems that concerns engineering courses in Brazil is the students low level of motivation in regarding the type of teaching and, as a consequence, low academic performance. This article encourages the introduction of active methods in Engineering teaching, emphasizing the methodologies of Project Based Learning. The approach used was proposing a project for students to analyze important aspects in the production of cylindrical cans. The students applied calculus concepts and developed a model for the optimal dimensions of the cylinder and the utilization of the plates used. Characteristics of two materials used in the manufacture of these cans (tinplate and aluminum) were also gotten. Such aspects are relevant for both environmental sustainability and production costs. Concepts of application of derivatives and Fermat's theorem were used, learned in the discipline of Differential and Integral Calculus, in order to obtain the maximum and minimum values of an established function which relates the dimensions of the can and the amount of material needed. The dimensions obtained theoretically proved to be close to the real values found in cans available on the market. After analyzing the resistance to corrosion, the cost, the decomposition time and the mechanical resistance, it was concluded that the most appropriate material for the production of cans was the tinplate. In this context, teaching with Project Based Learning methodologies may contribute to innovative teaching practices in the training of engineering professionals, overcoming the limitations of traditional teaching methods.


Author(s):  
Denitsa Mladenova ◽  
Hristina Bogova ◽  
Agnesa Tsvetkova
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